Jonathan Silver at New York Studio School

Jonathan Silver exhibit at New York Studio School Gallery January 19, 2019. Garth Evans, Brandt Junceau (Video by Maud Bryt)

I’m interested because the head seems such a sculptural lump to begin with, but it raises all those issues of recognition. . . The whole arena of portraiture, which is, of course, very, very traditional, because I think in the contemporary world a sculpture is probably something that is not immediately recognizable—at least I have that idea—whereas a portrait is presumably immediately recognizable: that’s its whole purpose. –Garth Evans

What’s going on here? I don’t think it’s simply, let’s remake the head in terms of the way it’s structured. I don’t think that’s what’s happening. –Garth Evans

It seems to me it’s more a kind of psychological process—than an entirely visual one. –Brandt Junceau

The two outer pieces seem as much excavated as modeled. I wouldn’t say, carved—but really literally, excavated, not just gouged, but almost returned to, as if modeling were also uncovering. –Brandt Junceau

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