Good art never stops revealing itself

Static images deliver the information they contain instantly. But they also have the capacity to reveal the whole process of their making, as well as the depth of their narrative, over an extended period of investigation, meditation, and  analysis. Paintings are especially unique in this quality. Good art never stops revealing itself. And though that I can take in an image in its totalityn an instant, great images reveal their secrets slowly. The more complex and image, the slower the revelation.

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In my opinion the same thing, goes for sculpture and it is the reason why I strive to get beyond representional art. When you have a lovely model in front of you, the tendency is to try and capture every nuance of that model, and that's fun and very difficult to do and an excellent exercise, but in the end, it doesn't feed my soul, and there's only so much to reveal. When I (or my students) make things from imagination or reinterpret the model, it becomes something more, and takes longer to reveal itself, that's when I get the feedback that I love to hear, which starts with 'it reminds me of....' and ends with things I've never even thought of- which means I've sparked the viewers imagination and made them look, score! 

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