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Dependency in Art and Life

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Dependency in Art and Life

The motif of dependency in art and sculpture has long been an explored subject matter. Whether blatant or subtle, relationships depicted are concluded to have a certain dependency. Expanded dependency One could say that all art is dependent on something to validate its existence. Take away an important element and the artwork becomes void, lacking, or in need of a reason. Dependency manifests early in life Dependency begins at birth. A newborn is completely dependent on its mother for the very basic of needs. A child’s emotional dependency becomes more dominate as the physical...

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Henry Moore Influence

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Henry Moore Influence

Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth have significantly grown as inspiration and influence on my own artwork and glass sculpture. In the first article, Inspiration in Art, I explained the complexity about inspiration. In the second article, Influence Behind My Glass Sculpture, I described the relationship between “inspiration” and “influence”. As I was becoming increasingly more interested in moving away from purely decorative vases and vessels, I was doing more drawing and sketches of forms that were less functional. My wife, Katie, said to me that my sketches reminded...

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Influence Behind My Glass Sculptures

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Influence Behind My Glass Sculptures

In my previous article about inspiration, I talked about the trickiness with the common question, “What is your inspiration?” In that article, I did not state the actual influence behind my glass sculptures. For people expecting me to pin-point those one or two things that have had an influence on my work, then this second part is the article for you. The Chicken or The Egg Influence and inspiration for me has always felt similar to the “chicken or the egg” theory. Let me give an example of what I mean by that. Let’s say you’re in the mood for chocolate...

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Inspiration in Art | Glass Sculpture | Bernard Katz

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Inspiration in Art | Glass Sculpture | Bernard Katz

The inspiration in art and in my own artwork, primarily in my glass sculpture, has for me been a tricky question.  Why? Probably the top question besides, “What is it?” that is often asked of an artist, would be, “What is your inspiration?” Whether it is a person writing an article about my artwork, or a curious person just making light conversation… I have had to answer that question countless times. It’s not that I don’t want to answer it, or that I don’t have an answer.  The question can be tricky because people generally want a short...

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Can’t Draw a Straight Line

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Can’t Draw a Straight Line

 “I can’t draw a straight line.” – I’m sure there is a good chance you may have heard someone make this statement at one time or another. When I hear someone say this, it usually means it is code for – “I am not creative enough to do thing (x), or thing (y).” Basically, it is just a way to down play their creative abilities. I personally have always believed that a big part of what separates human beings intellectually from most mammals is our creativity. Creativity and inventiveness is simply problem solving with a potential goal in mind. A...

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Is this piece perfect?

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Is this piece perfect?

  “Is this piece perfect?” This is a question people sometimes ask me when looking at one of my glass sculptures, vases, or bowls. I think I was most surprised the first time someone asked me that. I felt a little defensive… not because the piece was defective in any way, but because I didn’t have a good answer. Was it perfect in its artistic achievement? I figured the person asking the question probably wondered if I considered it perfect in every way – in shape, form, and artistic goal realized. Either that or maybe they were hoping to fly it to the moon....

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