Wednesday, August 15, 2007

What a Pile

Just an update on the sculpture seen at the Rockport Art Association. It is by Charles Fields and is titled Abstract "A" for Art. It is made from Fiberglas (tm). This dropped any points I had given it thinking (from a distance) that it was actually sculpted from a piece of stone. Polyester and "glas" is a simple medium to work in. Yes, I know about this...I've done it...I was married to a sculpture professor (and sculptor). He taught 3D design and his specialty...PLASTICS AND MODERN MATERIALS. Anyway, my disbelief reached new heights when I read the price.......................


$5000.00 Yep. And it gets better. The RAA bestowed the Richard Recchia Memorial Award for excellence in sculpture to Mr. Fields for this piece. I have no idea who Richard Recchia was, but all I can say is, "I'm sorry."

Maybe I've lost touch with reality.

5 comments:

mary said...

Unbelivable! Even if someone had an extra $5K sitting around waitng to be spent, where would one put thisn in their home or yard? It is ugly. I'd ship it up to the recycling center but Mel would probably reject it! What category would it fall into - not metal, not stone, not paper - maybe the big dumpster?

Thanks for checking it out and also for the art lesson. I wonder if the RAA knows what they are doing?

deb said...

It's really a shame that this will represent "plastic" sculpture to many. I *so* wish I had even a photo to post of some of the things that Doc did in Fiberglas. He had several that incorporated cast bronze with the "plastic", much like many art nouveau figures that were sculpted in a combination of ivory and bronze. One of my favorites had two Suffolk sheep, their dark faces and hooves in aged bronze and their soft fleece bodies in ivory colored polyester. In those days the RAA would have rejected Doc as a member for his non-traditional materials. and now.....

deb said...

Oh an addendum...

You know the candy in Tuck's window display? Doc and I did the original fakes way back in the late '70s. Probably not much of "ours" left by now. Tipped mints were loads of fun to make in plastic. The buttercrunch was a caramel colored plastic center coated with "chocolate" plastic and then coated with kitty litter dyed to look like chopped nuts!

mary said...

I often wondered how the fake candy was made! You should ask Bob if any of it is still your creation and take a picture of it. He'd love it.

BTW, Bob M and Bob T used to have pizza at the House of every Wed. for years. If you saw them there, you knew it was Wed.

deb said...

Bob knows about us making the candy. Doc worked summers for Bob making real candy and I managed the store in the summer and also worked part time for "the big store" during the school year.

Amanda and I used to see RT and RM walking to and from the Rockport House of...we always called them "The Two Bobs".

BTW, check out the Opinion page of today's GDT, the article titled Concert Venue Concern...I'll be posting about it tonight!