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Old 05-17-2007, 08:17 AM
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Unhappy What intimidates you about sculpting?

Their are lots of hard things about sculpting, but what really intimidates you about the creative, production, marketing or other phase of sculpting?


What really gives me the willies is the fact that creating art touches on the infinite. while we work under many constraints, the size of our studio being one, their generally are no limits to what we create. That potential of "unlimited creation from the void" thing unhinges me a bit. On the back end of that thought, after I had finished my first piece I sat in my darkened studio bathed in the red glow of its LEDs and thought, "where the hell did that thing come from!" That unnerving experience took a lot of self medication to get over.

Years ago I used to think artists that always did their thing in one style were not very talented. Now I see that developing a style in inevitable. Not only is it an innate expression of self, it is a way of controlling the infinite unknown. Before I even began my first piece I set a series of guidelines based on resources, concepts, skills and materials that limited my choices to a manageable level. The unlimited possibilities were reduced to a choice of shape, color and texture.

This is how I experience the infinite: I will stand outside on a clear night and gaze up at the stars. The light from each body has traveled across an unimaginable distance, from the moon, about 2 1/2 seconds, to hundreds of millions of light years. Most of the photons that comprise this light left their source and traveled with out interruption before man even began to evolve.

These little waves or particles of light from a vast swath of the universe reached the small pupals of my eyes at the exact instant that I looked up. They struck my retinas creating an electronic signal that I could interpret, forever ending their flight and existence.

When we look up we are viewing a gigantic time machine because everything we see has occurred in the past. Even the sun is 8 1/2 minutes ahead of our awareness. All of reality has changed long before we even observe it.

However that little photon that spent 100 million years avoiding all manner of obstacles solely to reach my eyes the instant I looked up is traveling at the speed of light. That means that as far as it is concerned it took absolutely no time to leave and arrive. Its entire journey occurred truly instantaneously.
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Old 05-19-2007, 05:18 AM
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Re: What intimidates you about sculpting?

There are intimidations that can be confronted and dispelled (such as assembling a piece of machinery after tossing out the manual or achieving that bend you wanted in the 2" bar) and others that you cannot get your paws on and must be handled by the wise-guy in your skull (How can I possibly matter when flowing rivers of molten sculpture are only a finger-snap away? Oh, because a finger-snap and eternity are actually insignificantly different. Whew!) ; the latter being irrationalized away by a sweeping illogic that only sets you up for another more intimidating conundrum. (will I be a modeler or carver of dark matter? hmm).
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Old 05-28-2007, 11:49 PM
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Re: What intimidates you about sculpting?

Allenring, I would have to say time is the most intimidating thing. I am quite certain I could cut rock virtually uninterrupted except to eat, drink, sleep for the next thousand years without ever losing interest or getting bored. Unfortunately, I didn't know it until a good chunk of my youth had already passed. I've done a 1000 or more sculptures over the last 20 years, but only the last 50 or so in rock and they have taken me months each and years all told. Most of the pieces were all done by hand at a picnic table with a hammer, chisel and an old file and given away to family and friends as presents. I chalk them up to practice mostly, but each had a lot of love put into them nonetheless. I regret my mom passed away before I could ever make her one, she loved art and did incredible work herself. Stained glass, crochet, needlepoint and she had that New England old world taste and a ton of antiques and fine china. I still plan on doing a sculpture for her grave someday, so in essence she will get one, but that will have to wait. The average person only lives around 30 thousand days and I figure I'm at the half-way point or so with maybe 450 months to go. If I can do 1 piece every month for 150 and then make 20 big ones and then do a grand finally, then I'll be a happy and very lucky guy, but time is the enemy.
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Old 05-29-2007, 03:32 PM
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Re: What intimidates you about sculpting?

Good observation. I think about someone like Andy Warhol, he just cranked art out wholesale. That let him explore, evolve and sell on a large scale. Sculpting is a much slower process. It also seems to be a more rarefied form of art. I wold guess it comprised only two percent of all the art that is run through galleries. It seems to me that the 2D people have a huge advantage in time and volume over us 3D people.
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