Catholic Culture Overview
Catholic Culture Overview

138—Drawing in Clay—Christopher Alles

By Catholic Culture Podcast ( bio - articles - email ) | Jul 27, 2022 | In The Catholic Culture Podcast

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Catholic sculptor Christopher Alles joins the podcast for an introduction to the art of sculpture, especially in its formal qualities. Alles mostly does commission work for the Church, and the theoretical points in this conversation are illuminated by references to some of his recent works, including a work-in-progress Pieta and his monumental sculpture of St. Joseph, Patron of a Happy Death.

Topics include:

  • Collaboration with patrons in commissioned work
  • The iconographic tradition in sculpture vs painting
  • Drawing as the root of both sculpting and painting
  • The challenges of modeling form based on anatomy without being enslaved to literal accuracy
  • The decorative and the illustrative aspects of visual art

Links

http://christopheralles.com

https://www.instagram.com/christtalles

Thomas Mirus, “’A Peering’ at the Sheen Center” https://newcriterion.com/blogs/dispatch/a-peering-at-the-sheen-center

Theme music: “Franciscan Eyes”, written and performed by Thomas Mirus.

Thomas V. Mirus is a pianist living in New York City. He is Director of Podcasts for CatholicCulture.org, hosts The Catholic Culture Podcast, and co-hosts Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast. See full bio.

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