I was at the studio of a good friend and sculptor the other day. The humorous opinion developed that, nowhere in art does dullness shine brighter, than from the lamp of perfection.
We were having a stimulating conversation that somehow landed on the idea of extremes. We were comparing perfect technique versus an intentionally naïve approach. Perfection in technique we decided, especially in the age of the camera, is pointless. The humorous opinion developed that, nowhere in art does dullness shine brighter, than from the lamp of perfection. An artist’s technique can get so perfect, there is nowhere to allow for the art to exist. Little actions that are left not “corrected” can do several things. The so called “dithers” of tool or brush handling adds a certain life to the work. These little leftovers can add interest that compels us to want to look closer.
Sometimes the artist must make a decision to pull back the perfection for some specific reason. A purposeful distortion may provide an excitable energy or a quiet a mood. Artistic intention can make the poetic idea or message be better communicated to the viewer. In other words, these are the things that turn a perfect rendering into a work of art.
It is in our human nature to share our experiences. Telling a story with embellishments makes it really captivating. However, one must first learn to speak before exercising artistic license. Oh, but that certainly, would be another and perhaps very long conversation.
Note: This painting (Aycil with Orange Chair Unfinished, 2018) is of my friend and working partner, Aycil Yeltan who is an actress and art model. She is certainly not dull or uninteresting! Thanks to her again for posing, What, I ask myself, would we artists do without our hard working models?