Mount Olympus in the hair
The whole purpose of Ancient Rome Refocused it to talk of those people that are keeping the ‘classical’ traditions alive. This can be in fiction, art, movies or paintings. This can be in sculpture as well. I came across the work of Sabin Howard. What made me thought of this is a recent find of Apollo off the Gaza Strip. A naked god pulled from the sea, and I tried to visualize what the ancients must have felt viewing this curly haired god, but lacking context I am unable to give even a good
guess. When I came across Sabin’s work, which has a lot of mythological references, the figures are a lot more sensuous, more real, more in the NOW. I figure it’s the artist. Mr. Howard, after all, lives in the 21st century. His work reflects his experience, his idea of the visual world. The Gaza Apollo I have little in common with, but Sabin’s mythological characters seem familiar, as if these men and women, hidden under clothes, walk in my world. The Sabin Howard Apollo is part of my century, more so than the Gaza Apollo, not just in the date it was ‘cast’ but in the imagery (what feels right to my particular eye) and there’s just a little bit of me and you in Sabin’s work. The bone structure and its flesh seem familiar. The figures ‘feel’ 21st Century.
Of course, I just wish I looked that good.
Howard said, “There is nothing more complex than the human body.” He is right. A trailer by Mark Forman, seen on Vimeo.com not only reflects this complexity but the complexity of Howard’s art. A beginning shot of molten metal streams out, and fades into the vein of a sculpted arm. See the video on http://vimeo.com/49084625.
The world of the classics will never fade as long as there are men and women like Sabin Howard reaching back and ‘casting’ beauty in such stunning detail: such as his work titled Hermes and Aphrodite. Man will continue to see beauty in the human form when qualities are bronzed and personified in works such as Howard’s Persistence and Stubbornness (See his website for photos).
Take a close look at his work: there is a touch of “Mount Olympus” in just the way the wind blows through the hair of his subjects.