Iconoclast, Stage 12 or 13

ballou iconoclast stage 12 detail

Well, I’m still moving forward on the Iconoclast painting. It’s now rounding the final corner and I’m feeling the tensions and densities that I was aiming for coming out. Above is a detail showing the working, building, statement and restatement across the structures of the head and upper body. Below is a full shot of the piece. I’ll add some statement regarding the reasons for the piece and what I’m aiming at with it once it has announced its completion… probably a couple weeks.

ballou iconoclast 12

Lamentations 3

lamentations 3 verse 5

i’m going to be starting a series of prints devoted to the biblical book of lamentations, chapter 3, verses 1 through 20. i’ve wanted to make a specifically biblical body of work over the last few years. i wanted an unconventional text and this is it. check it out here.

the final project will be entirely prints, with a portion of the edition bound together as artist books.

The Nature of Art

People are just as convinced that they are having a true experience of art when they see a work in reproduction as they are of believing that verisimilitude is the ultimate measure of value in a work of art.

Can’t we see this insanity for what it is?

It’s a circular logic meant to establish the mechanical and the processed over the physically experienced and subjective. Find me someone who thinks a good work of art is something that “looks just like!” something else and I’ll show you a person who is satisfied with mere reproduction, divorced sensation, advertisement, and disengagement.

Being with objects or people or places is NOTHING like mere pictures of objects or people or places. representational art has to go beyond mere depiction if it wants to be anything like reality since reality is nothing like mere depiction.