Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Coneheads in the backyard

One of the (many) embarrassing things that can happen to those who make statues -- is when their work is improved by hostile forces -- like fire, flood, weathering, gravity (arms that fall off), or playful soldiers (noses that are shot off)

And the terrible truth is ---- all my portraits look better covered with snow !

(but not completely covered ! .. and hopefully the snow will stop falling -- eventually)


Blogger Robert said...

Funnily enough I was wondering if you had snow too when I read Marley's last comments. She seems to be in dire straits.

This work looks interesting Chris. Sorry the arms fell off! I think they look fine without though!

I am intrigued by your medium here. Ceramic? Resin? Some could be stone? Cement Fondue? Plaster and polymer? Need bigger pictures!

Is this in a public place? Not a barracks I am sure. Do you add to them each time you complete a portrait?

I disagree on the "improvements" caused by snow, makes them look like something from Star Wars or worse Marge Simpson!

It would be good to see some more of your works here in the future. I don't expect to have to ask twice!

Have you seen the pictures of
Vigeland Sculpture Park in snow and in heavy frost? Some of them are stunning alternatives (as opposed to improvements).

February 15, 2007  
Anonymous Gawain said...

These snow cones look like eboshi (the laquered paper hat of the Heian gentleman).

February 15, 2007  
Anonymous Joy In Life said...

Dear Mr. Miller:

I simply must side with Signor Robert here. More often than not, Nature shames one's attempt to seize that which we crave to attain...and it does so here, but not for the usual reason! - I do hope that the snow melts, and rapidly. Perhaps you would be so good as to provide us before and after imagery, so that one can see the work redeemed?

And thank you for your parade of details. I think we should have a competition and see if any of the admirers of the calligraphy can approximate it. 15-hour workdays now have me seeing the body in the floors, walls, and in all spaces every sleeping and waking hour...I am certain I could abstract these forms into lines of grace.

And let us negotiate on an exchange of portrait heads - this frightful place has near-convinced me that I never was, am not, and never shall be a sculptor. It would be refreshing to make something for your standards.

February 15, 2007  
Blogger NYE said...

Witty..I love what snow does to our world...

February 15, 2007  
Blogger chris miller said...

By popular demand -- here's some unobstructed views of these heads.

The medium is forton-mg (hyrocal mixed with a water-based resin)-- and they're up against the (very ugly) wall of our garage.

And yes, Joy, I would like to swap heads with you -- but I don't think you want to lug one around with you in Europe.

Let's work it out when you're back home in Indiana -- where I'm sure you'll also have a much more positive view of your work, thousands of miles away from those picky Florentine neo-academics.

February 16, 2007  
Blogger Amanda said...

Home? Indiana? It is not. In fact, the advantage of having no home is the delightful opportunity to choose where in the world I shall make it. But I see your point...did not you suggest I should remain in Italy? Perhaps you will have to come here and meet Gawain and collect a piece.

Will be back soon to investigate the link.

February 17, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoyed your site. You wrote that you recalled a commentary that stated: "Vlaminck's landscapes recall the images that would have been flashing by his face as he pursued his earlier career as a competitive cyclist."

Do you have a reference for this commentary?


March 08, 2007  
Blogger chris miller said...

That comment about Vlaminck came from one of the essays in the catalog for the current Vollard exhibit at the Art Institute.

March 08, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thanks for that reference about the commentary. I was in Chicago two weeks ago and saw the Vollard exhibit, one of the most enjoyable I've ever seen. Vlaminck has been variously described as having worked as a bicycle messenger, as a bicycle mechanic, and later as a professional racing cyclist. He raced in Holland, and apparently won a major race there.

Thanks again --

Richmond, VA

March 09, 2007  

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