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Monday, September 20, 2010

Name that Arkansas artist

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Who is the artist from Hot Springs who created this three-dimensional work? RFG55 and Artmaven need to sit on their hands and let other folks play.

Looks like folks are needing a hint. His name is a name is a name.

Stumped everyone on this one! David Rose is the artist who created this miniature, which is part of the Lost Highway series of scale models of roadside motels of the 1950s. His artist's statement on the Arts Registry page:

When I started driving around this country in the late sixties the interstate was not continuous. The main route went through towns of every size and only the largest cities were by-passed. Even where the interstate was complete the interchanges were barren. In order to get gas, food and lodging one had to leave the four-lane and drive a mile or so into town. Twenty years have brought about a complete reversal in many places. All services are now available along the limited access highway while the center of most towns is deserted. The interstate system provided a breeding ground and conduit for the chains that have come to dominate almost every aspect of our lives. The services are still there, but the independent operator is gone. Driving the old road, the remains of commercial buildings can still be seen and my work springs from these. I try to create a portrait of the people who made their living by the side of the road and tell the story of the end of an era.

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