This is an artwork in progress, and not sections of a ladder with marshmallows attached to one side. This Mozart piece needs to be finished by June 18th, to be entered in the Inaugural art exhibition at the Pablo Center of the Confluence. If selected this artwork will hang in exhibition on a wall, as a combination three-dimensional painting, sculpture, an assemblage artwork. Until then, this artwork is currently laying on a table in pieces waiting to be glued to a six-foot aluminum frame.
This image’s construction demonstrates the amount of craftsmanship that is now needed to portray Music. This art started as paintings of music. Even today when asked what I paint, my response still is, “I paint Music.” Because of the physical work now needed to assemble these artworks I have lately wondered if I am becoming too crafty. This came to mind recently when a customer picked up a commissioned work.
On seeing their artwork for the first time, he quickly mention how the aluminum frame could be given a high gloss finish using wet high grit sandpaper. I felt guilty when he said that. Than I thought his suggestion deserved some merit because the aluminum, even when carefully picked, always has small scratches and abrasions that need to be removed. I thanked him for his suggestion. Latter, that discussion reminded me that most local art is exactly that, ‘high gloss.’ The public sees a high quality finish as quality Art, and Artists comply. I am sure many see such a finish as a way to improve sales and to charge more for their artwork. What I see is a lot of local artwork that lacks originality and creativity, but sure is pretty.
Are you becoming to crafty? For now the answer is probably, yes, but I see this art constantly evolving. My guess is that in time I will loosen up on accuracy in portraying music. This will allow me to move away from craftsmanship to more true assemblage. I think the true meaning of this art form will then begin to come into focus. I also believe the fundamentals of the flow will continue, but everything thing else that depicts that movement is up for grabs. That openness to change is the product of me needing to innovate to avoid the fear of boredom. I am also kinda-of-a geek: I am always looking for the next best thing.
Scott Von Holzen