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Saturday, April 21, 2018
Attention to Detail
Someone asked me why I was spending so much time on the small details of the City Lost project when the whole sculpture was just going to be put outside and allowed to fall apart with nature.
My response even though I knew it offended him was "this is why you are not an artist".
Artists pay attention to every little detail. Its what we do to make sure that our work is the best it can be. If we are not paying attention to detail then our work becomes sloppy and ends up ultimately to be found in a Goodwill store next to the old silverware a stereo that died in 1978.
This urban decay ruin I'm sculpting this weekend could be complete with just a few windows and the imagination of the viewer to think it looks like a building. Instead I am taking the time add detail. There will be gargoyles over the entrance, a broken clock high above and even signage that can still be partially read.
Its an illusion. The more details I put into it, the more real it becomes for me and in turn for the viewer of the art that will be produced from it. I could add these details digitally later, but where would the fun be in that?
Detail Detail Detail. That makes great art!