4/15/11

connections

i love it when one artist reminds me of another. seeing possible connections between different artists is encouraging + lends perspective—particularly if you yourself absorb + experiment with other artists' styles and ideas.

i saw a small connection between artists upon discovering bob trotman's sculptures in artworks magazine. i think he explores something here that perhaps we all wonder about. from his statement:
As a figurative sculptor my concern is the exploration, interpretation, and representation of the human body as a primal medium for projecting thought and feeling: in the expressive language of its poses and dress, its gestures, its facial expressions, and in its disposition in relation to its surroundings. Of the many possibilities open to me, I am most interested in expressions of alienation: alienation of the self from society, from the physical environment, and even of the self from itself. Not only is this feeling resonant for me personally, but, I believe, by way of attempts to avoid it, it is responsible for much of our social behavior. 












the article in artworks is called, "norman rockwell goes gonzo." i also thought of robert longo, who i've admired since first seeing his suit dancers. i love the suits, i love the free movements, the weirdness of the gestures. i think the constraints of society are exactly what make trotman's + longo's work resonate for me. some days you just don't feel like following the homogenized, acceptable script we've written for ourselves, and you wonder if others feel the same way.

maybe that's what weekends are for....
speaking of which—
f r i d a y ' s here!

enjoy.

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