The Crimson Giant and the Tower of Babel - De Villo Sloan


It's a story. And it's got (quite large) holes.
Sloan has comprehensively explained the "whyness" of this piece on Cheryl's blog, and as usual it was a very interesting read.
I know he is not happy with what he sent for the Giant and probably frustrated about it, but I think that it has actually been received very well by the people who got it, as far as I know. I find it very unique, a perfect translation of his state of mind at that moment, and it has generated very interesting responses and interpretations. Isn't that exactly what art is about?
I have to check if there's really a hole under that tape....

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Comment by De Villo Sloan on November 1, 2010 at 1:11am
You know, I wrote injury warnings on some of the holes in some of the chapters I sent. Good thing I included gauze for wounds, and you could secure the gauze with the trash bag ties. Are we looking at liability issues here? The first case of a mail-art recall for safety reasons? And I didn't know about the Mouth of Truth - cool. Really glad to be in with you folks on this project - what a total riot it's been.
Comment by Marie Wintzer on October 31, 2010 at 11:59pm
Pfiuu, I'm fine, could get it back out :-) You're right Bifidus, it's a bit like that! I have actually been to that place in Rome.
Sloan's holes are nothing compared to those in your envelope though, have you seen what they have done? :-$
Comment by Bifidus Jones on October 31, 2010 at 1:59pm
Sloan's section succeeds for its contrast to what came before and to what is yet to come. It also works as a stand-alone piece as well. Who can resist putting a finger in one of those holes? Sloan's piece reminds me of Italy's Mouth of Truth, a big marble mask. Tradition states that if you put your hand in the mouth but can't withdraw it, it is because you do not tell the truth. Marie, stick a finger in one of those holes and see if you can get it back out!

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