I heard Edward Albee, playwright (“Who’s afraid of Virginia Wolf”) and three times Pulitzer prize winner, recently discuss his 30+ works and approach to art (Radio National Artworks 12 July 2009). It seemed to me that some of the pearls cast over the air waves had a wider impact, and are maybe relevant to the art of sculpture:
• Has it been done well, and was it worth doing?
• Reading really bad plays is enormously encouraging.
• I (Albee) write plays to make people different. All art to be any good must be useful. It is not enough to be decorative. Art must be useful. It must change our perceptions. That is the function of art.
I wonder how many of us would agree. It might be interesting to have a discussion on what each of us aims to do in our sculpture.
The AGM looks to be full of boring business stuff so we are going to try to have a social for those brave enough to attend. Do come and let your hair down in frank discussion, including where we are going, and where we are not going. Please note the date is Wednesday August 12 at 7.30 pm. We missed an error on the Agenda showing a date of August 18: that is incorrect. Our apologies for that.