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#1 posted 10-27-2014 08:17 PM

Thanks for the pushback BuzzardBird. My background is Industrial Design and Sculpture, I will always find my own personal struggle between “art” and “design”.. yeah we could go round after round discussing art vs craft vs design… but the nut shell for me will always be the same… I have a solid grasp of the world of manufacturing as well as being forced to understand the world of art. I am at philosophical odds with both of them, nor do I fit into either camp very easily. To many who never have, and will never have to, live with this conflict this seems like a frivolous conundrum… easily laughed at and forgotten tomorrow. For for me it is a confusion based on being jaded by over-education and the desire for a self worth that does not come from money. I take it as seriously.. serious fun… but seriously. I question all of these things in which people place subjective value.. especially when it comes to art…. BUT Roxy’s work hits right on that hot button for me. His work calls me to question the value of my hands and the value other’s will see my hands, for above all things I am an artisan.. I make things with my hands. I worry about the general publics understanding of quality, talent, and importance… else people like me will be lost.. the human part of creation will be lost.

When I consider CNC carving and Giclee (Ink Jet Prints) and now 3D printers.. it becomes even more important to understand the difference between manufacturing and craftsmanship… the immediate issue here is not how valuable is the piece which is created, but how valuable is the person behind the piece… and is that person’s value tangible? or is that person replaceable?... or has the person become more important that the piece created … a hubris over substance? SO if the piece made by non-artisan means and not though human production… for me in my humble, but educated opinion.. it must excel in meaning, purpose, provocation, or expression of skill or talent… it MUST be awe inspiring in some manner if the creator is to be absent. And I find that Roxy is absent in his recent work … and it fails to inspire or provoke anything other than the age old banal question of… “is this art?”

I am not a luddite and I enjoy the benefits of technology… but I will hold on to my old time ideal CNC, inkjet prints, and 3D prints belong in the world of technology and manufacturing…. not in the world of art.. and I hold fast to that there MUST be a distinction otherwise there is no integrity of the artist. Sure anyone can create anything… that doesn’t mean it should be…. and just because cause someone did… it doesn’t require celebration.

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