Hearing appears to be a lazy listener, not gazing at the face of Sight, but rather seems distractedly looking lower. Meanwhile the olfactory avatar keeps her distance and appears in a hypervigilent crouch, aroused and ready to react to the first scent of danger. Beneath her is a mirror reflecting her perilously poised posterior.
The artist, Jon F. Kay, is a sweet, humble man who looks a mix between Marvel's super heroe, Wolverine and The Muppets Beaker. Prior to interviewing Jon he seemed perplexed by the question, "What will you do if you win?" as though it was the first time the thought had crossed his mind. He finally responded that he really hadn't been looking to win but rather to find his audience during ArtPrize.
After the interview he continued chatting with the many viewers and it was fascinating to listen to them speculate on the composition. Why "Sensing the 5th" when there were only four statutes? What was the significance of their differening physical characteristics? Postures? The focci of their gazes? Why was Sight on glass, Smell on the mirror and the others without anything additional beyond the pedastals? What is the significance of the titles? Jon smiled at the questions and engaged them with continued speculations but left them in the dark to his hearts intentions in its creation. He did mention that each statue as an additional title and they all begin with the letter "S."
Perhaps one of the more surprising responses Jon gave during the course of the evening was in how long the project took him from start to finish. He said it took his entire life since there wasn't a moment in his life that he could edit out and still have come up with this beautiful work of art. This is, perhaps, one of the underlying qualities that makes this piece so intriguing. On the one hand, in form and figure it is beautiful in its simplicity. On the other hand, as you look closely, it is literally tens of thousands of independent, yet interwoven pieces layered with a painstaking precision. Even with so many other great works at ArtPrize, this piece continues to evoke questions. How did the artist get such smooth collage from such irregular shapes? Where did he start? What inspired the patterning of the various shapes and colors?
Is OBSESSIONS: Sensing the 5th worth your ArtPrize vote? They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it is definitely worth checking out!
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