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Ahhh, enter the Walking Man… Is this one finished? I gave my friend a tour of your site and paintings last week and then a couple days later she made the connection between your Walking Man paintings and the fellow walking and reading on my forearm.
I don’t know if he’s finished yet. I tried to draw some in the foreground to his left and it didn’t fit. I seem to like the empty weight of the blankness, but we’ll see. What do you think?
Personally, I like it the way that it is. Many of your drawings are very intricate and complete so maybe it’s time for a little bit of abstraction with a figure in empty space?
I like that because “we were raised by modernists” like Goldman and Rosser that we can choose our modes of operation as we please. (I say raised by rather than schooled by because they were like modernist drill sergeants and I feel that because of this abstraction can come naturally and at will).
I was reminded of this the other week when I saw your past collaborative work with Annie Stone, and I thought, “Oh yeah, abstraction can be really fun…” and that the only logic needed to follow in an artwork is the logic dictated by each specific piece. I believe this is called… slippage.
I’m new to your artwork… Would you be willing to explain who/what Walking Man is, and what this particular drawing represents? (the meaning of the horns, bowl, etc.?)
Hi Beth. I’ll tell you what: I have been thinking about making a little feature post on Walking Man- maybe you have given me the needed push.
As to the horns in this drawing, I had a vision one morning of a bowl with horns. I thought of them afterwards in the art-historical context when horns were used to convey the Glory of God made manifest. Often Moses was portrayed with horns with this meaning intended. Michelangelo’s Moses comes to mind… there are others as well. Walking Man is often interested in seeing the unseen. The bowl is a personally symbolic object. In this case I interpret an offering of some sorts- but I haven’t fully settled on an interpretation- Steven (see comments) is on to something with the mystery. What do you think?
This reminds me of dark, American folk music. Songs from deep someplace rarely visited. But then the bird on the beard gives it a joyous surprise sort of feeling. The horns on the (carved wooden?) bowl seem mythical. He’s definitely not on his way to the mall. But the question is ‘To where and why?” It’s a bit of evidence in a mystery.
Thank you, Steven, you see far and deep.