The House the Hand and the Hatchet
A lyrical portrait of American artist James Surls, best known for his massive wooden and metal sculptures, “The House the Hand and the Hatchet” opens a window on Surls’ worldview and artistic process as the venerable sculptor settles into his 70s and looks back on his career. The past — particularly his early life with his wife and young daughters in the woodlands of East Texas — deeply informs his work, and that history is periodically referenced through archival video footage and old news clips. But the film stays primarily in the present, following Surls as he works diligently in his studio, lectures to art students, oversees installations and exhibitions, and sits for a frank retrospective interview. The film gives the artist the space to expound at length on his life and his work, revealing a personality that is poetic, thoughtful, and admirably frank. “The House the Hand and the Hatchet” provides an engaging, revealing sketch of a vigorous and essential American artist.
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