Ahoy, ahoy!  Sackville experienced the wrath of a Nor’Easter a few days ago– yuck!  I am not the biggest fan of snow in Sackville unless it means a snow day, which, unfortunately did not.  Oh well!

January 13th we talked about the influence of Dada and readymades in Canadian Art.  We also talked about Murray Favro and his interest in recreating models of just about anything.  This concept fascinates me.  How does one distinguish between a model and the real thing?  Most often, when I think of a model, I think of it being smaller than the real thing, like the model planes and model cars that people sometimes buy and spend hours labouring over, getting the paint just right and gluing together every individual piece.  In many ways, a model kit reminds me of “Paint By Numbers”.  You know what your end result is going to be, you just have to follow the step by step instructions:

Model Car Kit

Paint By Numbers

Both of these kits allow you to create a representation of something else.  However, it’s not the real thing, and everyone knows it.  So why do people bother with creating models in the first place?  The concept of model building, and maybe even paint by numbers or any other kit that allows you to “create” but not really, because it is a replica, functions as a vessel by which a sense of process is conveyed to the participant. Process as art.  Favro’s sculptures remind us first of how much they look like an object, ie, large scale, but at the same time, there are fundamental differences that separate it from being the real thing.  Most of the time, his sculptures cannot operate in the same way as the real thing.  Also, they will often be made of different materials.  But for the most part, they seem to be an accurate representation.  Similar to Duchamp’s readymades, once again they present the question: What is art?  And who decides?

That’s all!

Brit

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