Portrait of Daniel King: Scouting, For Men & Boys
Mark Sisson (BFA 1979)
Why would anyone draw or paint or create portraits or use the onerous and often unforgiving traditional printmaking processes to make portraits in the digital millennium, when portraits of every kind are ubiquitous, thoughtlessly derivative, disposable and made by any pea brain with a cell phone who then makes them instantaneously available to all? The answer is because in their own heyday, relief prints, intaglios, and lithographs were seen as disruptive to the comfortable standard and they are now ensconced in the warm embrace of acceptable (historical) media. This densely packed multi-layered image is horror vacui, and perhaps to some, just "Horror."
This work is featured as part of the 2016 Alumni Exhibition: “Horror Vacui”, on display from July 19 - August 6, 2016 at the Argus II Building in Ann Arbor. Check the exhibition page for dates, times, and hours.