Jonah and the Whale: Rebirth Motif
John B. Flannagan
Often there is an occult attraction in the very shape of a rock as sheer abstract form. It fascinates with a queer atavistic nostalgia, as either a remote memory or a stirring impulse from the depth of the unconscious.
My aim is to produce a sculpture feeling as direct and swift as drawing, a sculpture with such ease, freedom and simplicity that it hardly feels carved, but rather to have always been there. . . .
Bluestone with wood base
33 1/2 × 11 1/4 × 6 in., 61.5 lb. (85.1 × 28.6 × 15.2 cm, 27.9kg)
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Bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal
Statue of flattened, upright whale (face down, tail up) with contorted figure of bearded man in its stomach carved in relief on both sides; statue attached to rough wood block base.
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