This isn't a tribute paid to Antoine-Louis Barie. The cayman isn't the fruit of a detailed study, far from it, it's a conventional cayman.
I have hesitated for a long time before showing this piece. Because of it's anecdotal side may be.
Its "snapshot" effect bothered me for a while.
This isn't the way I consider sculpture.
Yet I made it, as if it was a game, as for a film. It's quite obvious that something is happening, between the character and the animal, but the amateur remains outside, he is an onlooker, he can't feel really concerned by what he is gazing at.
Well, it is that situation full of suspence which happens to make this sculpture successful, among youngsters above all. We sometimes come across a young public in some exhibition rooms.
Children, boys and girls, between five and fifteen, comment a lot upon the piece, they try to analyse and they joke about it...
There is a lot of talk about the knife on the man's belt and it appears to be more significant that I had thought at the beginning...
Children and young teenagers have a culture and a judgement completely different from the grown-ups they will become. It's almost "manga comics". They can understand the past and conjure up a future at a glance.
I reckon they have a culture of the "right now". This culture is poles apart from what the gist of Sculpture is to me...
Bruce Krebs, sculptor |
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