Donald Locke, Stewartville Witch, (c) 2005, Donald Locke.
Donald Locke (1930-2010) was almost 30 years older than myself; we were of different ethnicities and came from different sides of the equator, but in most respects these difference did not matter, especially when we spoke about art. One time, however, I asked Donald to do something for me--I cannot remember what--and he told me he would do it immediately. Brenda, his wonderful partner and spouse of thirty years, told me that meant he would do it anytime in the next three weeks. He will be missed a lot by all who knew him, but I am even sorrier for those young artists who will never have the chance to meet him and experience this extraordinary artist. I hope they will look at the work and hear his voice.
Representing the next generation of artist we have Michel Batlle. I am so sorry that Michel and Donald never met, for I think that they spoke in similar artistic languages. Michel 's text on drawing was translated from the French by Chantal Duggin, and I want to thank her for taking on the challenge of translating metaphor and pun in a field that she does not call her own. (Michel's original French text appears after the translation.) Bravo Chantal--it is thanks to you that many can appreciate Michel's writings, myself included.
And Philip Auslander takes us on a journey through the now digitized streets of West Side Story, Never Never Land, and a saxophone player who creates the sense of a crowd through new technology. So many of the things we take for granted have changed due to the Internet and computers, and so many of the things that are possible now were not even imaginable as recently as fifteen years ago. As things continue to change in technology and art, Auslander will keep an eye on how they develop.
Deanna Sirlin is an artist and writer based in Atlanta, GA. She is Editor-in-Chief of TAS. www.deannasirlin.com