3 wave works

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Title     3 wave works
Artist     harry/Harry (5,144) Send mail to this user
Portfolio     Assemblage works
Subject     Sailing
Style     Impressionistic
Medium     Wood
Software     Corel/procreate Painter
Content advisory     G (general audiences)
Submitted     October 7, 2010 11:27:50 AM CDT
Views     793
Rating     2 Thumb-up

Here is a series of 3. I'll post them separately soon. 12" X 20" each.


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Thumb-up Thumb-up Thumb-up    from terridavidson/Terri (9,178) Send mail to this user on October 11, 2010 2:55:34 PM CDT (4) Early critique

For me, this is a quintessentially Modernist work. Modernism at it best equals fracturing, fragmentation, resurfacing, damaging, all in a quest to reshape the world anew: this is what the original Modernists did after WWI. This is why so many people still don't respond to T.S. Eliot: they dislike the fragmentation. But the fragmentation is what Modernism is "about." It's like revisioning beauty, giving it a new context beyond the facile: there IS no prettiness in Modernism, but there's a savage new beauty to be discovered in the redness of tooth and claw (though Tennyson himself was a Victorian, not a Modernist; still, the Victorians had their own issues). For me, it's impossible to critique a work of art without considering what the artist intends as well as what our own aesthetic preference is. This is simply what I believe. The gouging and wood-maiming here work for me, and they work for me beautifully. Why? They're artistically exciting and unpredictable. They show remnants of the artist's mark, the artist's consciousness. The nail holes form an unpredictable pattern. The wood gouges form an unpredictable pattern. I love this, but I'm not a fan of the decorative or merely attractive. What other people call "ugly" is--for me--art itself. Art goes beyond mere prettiness in a quest to be truthful, real, memorable, important, resonant. Life isn't pretty. It's challenging. And when we plumb the depths of our own suffering, sometimes we discover ourselves. The best art works exactly the same way. --Terri

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From harry/Harry (5,144) Send mail to this user on October 12, 2010 7:06:04 AM CDT

So nice to read this. It feels like you see deeply into what I'm trying to do. It's nice to read some of my own thoughts expressed so articulately by a real wordsmith.


Thumb-down    from dragonroy/Roy (495) Send mail to this user on October 9, 2010 12:15:05 AM CDT (4) Early critique

This is a difficult one for me to critique as I'm a photographer rather than anything else. I'm not sure that they translate well enough onto the screen to give a true impression, as the image looks flat and uninteresting unfortunately. I see what you're doing and I see the skill in cutting and crafting the wood, but the blemishes, marks, scratches and what looks like nail holes don't do it for me I'm afraid. The wood looks like it's been taken from old bashed up and ill treated furniture, which doesn't work for me. I do like the shapes and wave forms but they really need to be finished off to a higher degree. They need polishing and staining to give the wood more beauty, depth and richness that you can see in well restored antique furniture (again this may just have been lost in the photo of the works - but I can only critique what I see). you don't say if this is work in progress or the finished piece, so you may still be planning more on these. In summary, I like the idea and the shapes but the finishing needs to be of a higher standard and the photo you take needs better lighting to bring out the quality of the work. Sorry if this seems negative but I've tried to be constructive in my comments. Regards, Roy

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From harry/Harry (5,144) Send mail to this user on October 9, 2010 10:57:26 AM CDT

Hi Roy

I agree with all you astute observations but I strongly disagree with most of your conclusions. I like blemishes, marks, scratches and what looks like nail holes and I chose them carefully. I like wood that looks like it's been taken from old bashed up and ill treated furniture. I really dislike the idea of polishing and staining to give the wood more beauty. I am not doing any more work on these but I dislike the idea of finished works. For me finished work is dead and needs to be buried.


From dragonroy/Roy (495) Send mail to this user on October 10, 2010 3:19:53 AM CDT

Thanks for your reply Harry, n sorry if my crit was not to your liking. I was commenting on what I could see ie the image of your work rather than the pieces themselves. As I said, it was difficult to make a good crit as i'm more a photographer than artist. in the flesh as it were, the irregularities may well look better than the image conveys.


From harry/Harry (5,144) Send mail to this user on October 12, 2010 6:52:36 AM CDT

Your crit is fine. You expressed your honest feelings and that is valuable positive or negative. I think that we have aesthetic differences and that we see thing some what differently. Please continue to express yourself, call it as you see it.



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