Headshot #FER67

 

Oil stick, oil crayon on heavy paper

 

This is a “headshot” from a series that seems to have gone on a lot longer than I had realized, until I began to look back at what I had.  There’s probably enough now to mount a show.  They are almost all the same size, 14 x 17, and all are riffs on the human face.  The idea is that the human face has a set number of elements and that these elements are pretty much arranged in a standard way.  And, given those constraints (or perhaps in spite of them), the objective is to pick up something that can make a mark and go have some fun.  I have always thought that making pictures involved resolving a conflict between what is there and what could be there, if things got out of hand.  For this reason, I am bothered when art students knock themselves out to make slavishly accurate representations of reality.  One possible reason: I was never disciplined enough or cared enough to be very good at it.  But, that aside, it’s so pointless to strive to perfect realism when we have cameras.  And, in any case, those “realistic” results, while perhaps accurate, are typically lifeless and boring.  Making pictures should involve letting your craziness, even lust, slip out, rather than exerting tight control.

 

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About mmgilbert

I have been drawing and painting all my life. Now part of the “New Symbolist” movement which encompasses both Goth, fantasy and tattoo art as well as the century-old work of Odilon Redon, I focus on archetypal and mythic imagery to evoke emotional themes and to reference darker fantasies. I have an abiding interest in figurative drawing, working on paper and exploring new ways to handle traditional materials. I studied with Edward Millman, a WPA muralist; at Purchase College; and at the Art Students League in New York.
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