DROWNING BOY by Geoffrey Greene
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Drowning Boy

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[Drowning Boy - Left Vu] [Drowning Boy - TOP]

Unfinished, Painted Oak - 3 pieces - 12 1/2" x 30" x 19" - August, 1999

This "table-top" piece is displayed with hands alongside.

Artist's Comment:

This was conceived as a more polished piece but I liked this stage so I stopped. This is another idea I work on, "idiotic sophistication" - trying to use very simple cartoon forms as abstract elements and hopefully emphasize the contrast between high and lowbrow, absurd and sublime. It's pretty difficult - makes me respect a guy like Philip Guston a lot (which I did anyway).

This thing looks like an Aleutian totemic figure to me; it's much more crazy than I pictured. That happens - start off toward the trees and end up in the river, hopefully afloat. Things change as you work and you go where they lead. Some ideas always turn into something else before you can do them... good in a way, and interesting since the artist is supposed to be "in control" of the work and not the other way around!

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