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Ed McCormick

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Started On : 08-Aug-2005 at 12:06:40 PM, #Views : 1810

Topic Subject : New Artwork

I always enjoy hearing from Dan Spector as he cuts right through the haze of life to the point, leaving not doubt about his feelings. He wrote me a one word email this morning that summarized it all. I am certain he wouldn't mind that I share it with the ALI members. It was his response to my, 'The Artist's Hand' posting. He wrote:


My response, to Dan:

Hi Dan,

It appears that the more realistic the piece the less the brain sees it as art and the more it sees it as strictly a disembodied body part often followed by a shiver and a shutter.

It is a wonderful demonstration of how the psyche views art isn't it? From millions of dollars for Pollack's paint splatters (by an alcoholic dipping sticks and brushes into cans an and randomly flinging it on to canvas), to hundreds of thousands of dollars for Grandma Moses crude rustic rural primitives, it's a long way to realist John De Andrea's nudes (where I have disagreed with many a critic's review summarized in one word . . . 'ewe').

Art is in the eye of the beholder and how it is perceived is not necessarily under the artist's control. The most valuable art is often that which is socially most fashionable, not which is the most well-executed.

But you must say Dan, The Artist's Hand is a pretty neat piece . . . a one up on Van Gogh.

Yet, I agree with you. The reaction is the same when a viewer sees the piece in person, too . . . GORY! Most don't see the symbolism expressed as they avert their eyes too quickly and change the subject.

For me though, I can add the 'L' to my quiver of techniques to your GORY as in 'GLORY' since I finally have gotten closer to mastering the art of realistic prosthetic reproduction. But . . . . . EWE!

By the way we had a great workshop. A thank you to all of those in attendance. The attendees were bright, talented and articulate and as a result we were able to cover a lot of ground in just a short weekend. We did hands, faces and torsos and discussed and demonstrated a number of new materials.

I offer a special thank you to Melissa Sloan marketing director for M-Pact, makers of high quality plaster bandages and Brunner F. Barrie the president of Sculpture House, Inc. the century old manufacturer of Plastalina clay, sculpting tools and sculpting supplies which are the industry standard for today's sculptors.

Both introduced new materials and new tools to the workshop. Thank you both for your generousity. I learned a great deal, too.

Warmest regards,

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