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I assumed someone would point out, correctly, that Van Gogh cut off his ear over a failed romance. But this only emphasizes again how competition and winning and losing is innate in the human condition- in this case, Van Gogh played the game of love and lost. But then, as the poet said, ‘it is better to have entered the model contest and lost, than never to have entered at all’ - Not!!!
One last update – The client presented it to his Father. Afterwards he left this comment on my blog:
“Thank you so much for all your hard work and effort on this. My father was incredibly surprised and even more excited to receive his plane. He immediately noticed the antenna you added and many of the other details you so expertly crafted into this. We spent the entire weekend talking about his time in the Navy, the squadron, and of course the plane itself. You helped make this a very special Father’s day. “
It was an honor to build this for a fellow veteran and having a Father and son to spend a special weekend together after being apart for a period of time due to pandemic situation.
Strike a nerve, did we Nick?
I can’t speak for your Senior year creation, but I agree, art critics can be fickle as well as model judges.
Well duh, of course some are better at some things than others. Just because you can do an airplane model very well doesn’t mean you can do cars well. Me, I’m a renaissance modeler and do many things. (How well is for others to decide 😉)
But my point was and is that AMPS judging is not superior to the IPMS method, just different. Also, that it is a myth that IPMS picks winners and losers any more than AMPS. The models are awarded for a specific place and time at an IPMS show and the whole thing might change the next day. Many top winners in years past would not do as well now because everyone got better.
I believe Van Gogh cut off and ear to show how much he love a girl. The modeler’s equivalent is throwing out or selling his stash because a lover thinks they are childish.
Certainly, there is competition in art. I’ve seen many art contests over the years. I remember one where someone did a small painting of a Stug III. Students in art school get graded all the time. You often see the ultimate winner’s works on our highways and box art. Dragon would not have done near as well without Ron Volstad.
I do think the the IPMS judging system is superior to the AMPS system because while not perfect, it is more flexible and (at least for me) much more fun than judging for AMPS. And I hope we never adopt a point system.
Oh, but you do see competition at the Louvre. The “winners” have their “entries” hanging on it's walls. The losers are waiting tables at some sidewalk bistro across the street. And if you think our judges or AMPs judges are capricious, inconsistent, arbitrary and inconsiderate, how much better are that vaunted body of good judgement - Art Critics? Good grief, some of the “winners” in the Louvre, Toulouse- Latrec ( spelling?) for example, didn’t pick up their “trophies” until they were almost dead or even later. At least our winners get their recognition before the show ends. And when was the last time an embittered modeler cut off part of his ear or worse?
No, there is no competition in art. But, if so, why isn’t my Senior Year final creation for my studio painting course right up there with Apres Midi sur le Grand Jatte instead of being jammed behind the book case in my den. Because some twisted minds decided that Manet was a better painter than I am- and they were and are right.
Some people are just better at some things than are others. That’s what makes a horse race- and a model competition.
Nick Filippone, Senior National Judge