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FIGURING OUT THE FIGURE

November 4 – December 11, 2010

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Hank Pitcher — Untitled, Charcoal on paper, 21" x 29"

Artist Statement

I teach a life-drawing workshop in The College of Creative Studies at UCSB. It meets once a week for 4 hours. The model takes one pose for 3 hours, and then we have a 1-hour critique. The class is limited to 9. I draw with the class.

No one is allowed to talk while the model is posing, but we do listen to music. The students provide the music, and if anyone, including the model, doesn’t like what is playing, then we change it

Most of our models are students who have not posed before and they are unpredictable. Some do not show up. Some take it seriously and realize that their attitude contributes to the success or failure of the class and they take pride when it goes well. Some seem to be doing it on a dare.

Lately I have been thinking about maenads and satyrs and how these archetypes from ancient Greece live in California today. The maenads were powerful women’s’ groups who met in the hills at night and danced together in secret rites to attain a state of ecstasy. The satyrs were shy, sometimes insecure fellows who became bold by drinking, and considered it a gift from a god. Some of my recent drawings are studies for some big bacchanals I plan to paint.

September 2010
Santa Barbara

 

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