02 June 2006

Tom Marioni Woodblock

Tom Marioni

I was exploring the Crown Point Press website tonight and came across this interesting conceptual woodcut by Tom Marioni. To create this 41 inch x 27 inch print he invited a group of friends to throw darts at a spiral pasted over the piece of wood that would become the printing plate. I enjoy conceptual pieces like this, although knowing the back-story is very important for me in fully appreciating the work.

6 comments:

tom said...

$1500 for this print is, in my opinion, a very high price for a flimsy idea, poorly executed.

Annie B said...

Hi Tom. I can't see that there's any logic at all for the pricing of art, except maybe the more well known you are the more you can charge.
I like the idea behind this. I like maps, and this strikes me as a kind of map that charts the course of an event that the artist held with his friends.

Sharri L. said...

Annie, you are so right - it is the reputation you build that determines how many $$ your work is worth. The quality of the work is important, but not the absolute. As far as I'm concerned, Tom Marioni's block is a great example of what Contemporary Art is all about. This is difficult to understand if you haven't studied or read about modern art movements, and most viewers have not. They want their "art" to look like a mountain, lake, tree, person, whatever - and by golly! if it doesn't it ain't art. It's the old, "I don't know much about art, but I know what I like" line!

Rob said...

personally, I know a lot about art, but I don't know what I like....

tom said...

Hi Annie,

I am too cynical. It's hard to argue against a group of friends "making" a print. I just hope the printer was well paid.

Apart from the price, the spiral annoyed me. I like making my mark but I dislike following instructions. Obviously I'm also short on faith.

Miss said...

Well I like the idea - its fun and very tongue in cheek - sort of like Dadaist work, I would not call it an 'artwork' - 'cos I cant see any work in it. But I suppose it is art, it has a story - should have been made into a video and become a performance artpiece. Pricing it is just, well, silly!