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The process of making artwork from life, from direct observation, is more than just a convenient way of providing a clear platform for judging achievement of the mastery of technique and form. Of course everyone who has been an art student realizes that this is an excellent rationale for doing so – so that our work can be compared directly with its source. However, too often does the mistake occur in assuming this is the only reason for working from life.
Even professional artists sometimes get lost in the art-school loop, and forget that mastery is not the only content of their artwork. Those who manage to overcome this simple drive often leverage mastery and pure dedication to the light the eye sees, while also elevating the work to a level beyond, to one of enlightenment, even from the simplest of subjects. It is this, the distillation of precious insight from our tangible world, discerned first through meticulous observation, that The Observed sets out to explore, present, and document.
Manifest continues its eighth season with a project intended to feature and explore a wide variety of works made from direct observation. While the first assumption may be that pure objective realism is the expectation, Manifest is also eager to see just how artists make work, even non-traditional art, still using the process of looking, working, and looking again. We are curious just how this is done in the world today.
This show is open to any and all traditional and non-traditional visual arts genre and media, including video, photography, etc. Photographers should note that it is a foregone conclusion that most photography is made via observation through the camera lens. Excellent photographic candidates for this exhibit will speak even more than usual to the process of observation.
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COPYRIGHT: Artists retain copyright USAGE RIGHTS: Manifest reserves the right to use images of exhibited/accepted work in our publications, promotional materials, and documentation of our history.
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