"The Missing Hand", 2000, 4-color screenprint on Rives HW paper
"The Missing Hand" mimics the style of a 1940's era children's book illustration. In the picture, a boy pulls an iMac computer in his red wagon as he comes across a disembodied hand (an image appropriated from a "Jesus Saves" religious pamphlet) laying on the sidewalk. The large-print text describes the boy's thoughts as he considers taking the hand, but ultimately decides to leave the hand behind because it is too old and slow.
My print is a satirical look at the apparent divide between two opposing aesthetics in artmaking today -- the handmade vs. the machine-made. Many may fear digital technology as a dehumanizing trend that will remove all trace of the artist's hand. Others see digital processes as a relevant tool for making art in an already depersonalized postmodern culture where notions of originality and individual identity are seemingly old-fashioned concepts. When I speak about my work, I am usually asked if I miss using my hands, now that I have switched from screenprinting to digital output. I really don't think that one way of working precludes the other, so I answer the question by saying that I use my hands as much as ever, and my brain is free to work twice as fast.
|About This Print|
|Brief Biography||Randy Bolton received a BFA from the University of North Texas and a MFA from Ohio State University. Bolton has been a visiting artist throughout the US, including four years at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Delaware. Bolton has exhibited widely since 1982 including: Mischief , I Space in Chicago and Between Nature and Culture: American Prints, Jyvaskyla Art Museum in Finland. Bolton's prints are in many corporate and museum collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. Bolton received an Art Matters Fellowship (NYC) in 1996 and a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in 1989.|
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