It's October, so lets call this the severed head and hand school of bad relief.Central Library.
|The artist wisely chose not to sign this piece.|
|Are there no critical standards anymore?|
|It's bad from every angle.|
People's (both artists and the public) ignorance of the art of relief never fails to astonish me.
Know nothing about relief? Look at any handful of coins.
Relief is as much about drawing as it is about dimension. Relief is about the play of light over a surface composed of different bevels and planes. That's what makes it so exciting.
Not to leave you with a bad work of art, here's one from the master, St Gaudens who does more in 1/2 inch than the above does in 10 clumsy inches.
|Detail of marble relief by A. St Gaudens.|