WE ASKED THREE ARTISTS
TO RESPOND TO THE NOTION OF "TRUTH TO MATERIALS"
As a sculptor, I
am basically a builder. I need to know what the materials I'm working
with can and will do‑structurally, mechanically, and aesthetically.
Knowledge is liberating, and in the case of my work it allows process
to take on a creative role as opposed to strictly a means to an end.
The acquired knowledge of materials and different technical processes
influences one side of the equation, while the other side is influenced
by observation of the natural environment evoking more of a spiritual
reality. Forces act on different materials in ways specific to each,
and I strive to incorporate this into my work as well. A form once
pristine will change over time‑fracture, weather, and reveal other
characteristics based on its exposure and material makeup. The truth
is that the same material can be a shiny, pristine gem at one extreme
and a discarded fragment at the other. This range represents a palette
from which I choose to pull in the creation of my work. I couldn't
do this if I didn't understand on some level the essence of the material.
Morbillo is represented in Santa Fe by Deloney Newkirk Fine Art and
by Lumina Contemporary Art and Sculpture Gardens in Taos. His most
recent show was in October at Deloney Newkirk Fine Art. He will be
showing work this month at Lumina Contemporary Art and Sculpture
Gardens, and at the Sculpture Ranch in May 2007.
Artists prior to
the twentieth century made incredibly varied paintings with far fewer
choices of materials, just a handful of colors, really, and much
cruder brushes than those manufactured today. My experience in art
has been that less creates more, and I usually restrict myself to
a limited palette of no more than three or four colors. I don't really
understand the term "realism" in painting. Rather than obliterating the brushstrokes, I try to remain truthful to the materials and let the paint look like paint. My figures will never walk off the canvas no matter how much I torture the paint with a fan brush. The challenge is to make paintings that 'feel" like
the life I experience around me and inside me.
Laurence is represented in Santa Fe by LewAllen Contemporary. He
will be teaching painting classes in January 2007 at Andreeva Portrait
Academy, Santa Fe.
I believe "truth to materials" is primary to being an artist. It is
essential to find the perfect marriage between material, technique
and the artistic voice. It is never an arbitrary choice. Artists do
not impose themselves upon the materials, but rather enter into their
realm and bringing the natural properties forth. I see the world around
me in terms of color, light, texture, and line. Fibers, dyes, and the
grid of weaving have a unique relationship to these elements. I continue
to explore the depths of this connection.
Bluestone shows her work out of her Santa Fe studio. In October,
she was part of an invitational group exhibition‑Lost and Found‑at
Patina Gallery. She is also exhibiting at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester,
MN, the Spiva Art Center, Joplin, MO, and Miami of Ohio University,