BTW Jeff, back in May 2011 you wrote about the new Van Howd sculpture of a Nisenan Dancer.
I am familiar with Mr. Van Howd’s work and had some concerns about the authenticity of the final work.
Mr. Howd excels at Plains Indian type imagery and Wildlife.
He even made a sculpture of Gen Chuck Yeager.
After seeing the sculpture last week in Auburn I can honestly say it is very good.
Mr. Van Howd did his research well.
He may have worked from photos, I don’t know, but the physique, regalia and especially the implied movement of the figure suggests direct observation of the dances by the artist.
I did have a little problem with seeing the dancer’s eyes under his flicker band. Male dancers conceal their eyes deliberately, for obvious reasons.
A female Nisenan dancer in full regalia might be more appropriate for Nevada City rather than the earlier sculptural proposal being considered.
It would certainly be stunning.
This is a case where the title is possibly telling too much.
This work can be seen in many ways and on multiple levels.
It’s sort of playful and gives the viewer a lot to do.
I saw initially saw the exuberance of the figure as an escape from some kind of bondage or imprisonment.
This work also reminds me that while many sculptors carve from the top of the work down, Michaelangelo’s figures emerged from the from the front of the material, as if they were walking out of stone.
So, in another way of looking at the work, it could be about the birth of a statue.
Thanks Jeff, really fun.