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history, even when he buzzes too close and lands in the soup.
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Also of interest
The Nature of Art: Concerning the Illustrations of Gladys Perint Palmer
All art rises from a common ground. A sketch book is an inside look through the artist's eyes as she toys with her vision. Art is a cat's paw that colors the page. Her trail is the blood of opinion. Another day she sees differently. The art gains a life of its own and acquires meaning beyond the moment it was created. The artist herself can claim all of history as personal possession. Yes, fine art is a world in itself, it serves no purpose but its own, it exists on many levels, defines itself, speaks uniquely to us all. Illustration, on the other hand, is tied to a source, be it an event, an essay, or a product. Yet, illustration can transcend its purpose when it resonates, when the string holding the balloon breaks and the art flows over us to create a new light in the sky. Artists inspire more than others. A fantasy in cloth creates a fictional resonance, when the artist herself uses the runway to take off. If her flight finds styles never seen in a showroom, then all at once we know, fashion is the surprising reality of fantasy. In an art book, illumination is essential, newness more so. The text should shine light on the art, and the art itself should glow with life from within. Images should flow into and against each other, changing in size, color, energy, and style to vary the pace, keep the interest, support the meaning, especially in an art book with a broad historical flow, where principles are timeless. My favorite sketches always are those that stand on their own, without comment, reference or history. What these sketches have in common is a playful, rhythmic array of color and line. The playful is seemingly spontaneously expressed and subtly disciplined. The rhythmic element appears organic, growing appealingly into an inevitable attitude, that's both striking and original. The fashion is the artistic technique, in the end. These thoughts always guide me in the final selection.
© 2013 Elihu Blotnick, editor