Sculpture Journal

Herminio: sculpture, physics and motion

Sculpture Journal (2013), 22, (1), 117–132.

Abstract

This article looks to make a philosophical reading of a number of sculptures by Herminio Álvarez (b. 1945). After briefly presenting the topic, it discusses the differences between sculpture and artifacts. Focusing on these differences, it argues for a shared problematic held by some of Herminio's sculptures and certain philosophical ideas. Initially the article draws analogies between Herminio's challenge to sculpt pure motion abstractly and the philosophical attempt to conceptualize a constantly changing world in the abstract, an attempt characteristic of Western philosophy since its origin. The article then posits that some of Herminio's most important works address the fracture of physics into two different, albeit intertwined, fields, both guided by different principles. Following similar lines as this sculpture, any non-monistic, philosophical system must conceptualize the fracture lines between sciences and the tension among different areas of reality.

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Alvargonzález, David