Sigmund Abeles

Sigmund Abeles

New York, NY
Deadly Dancers, Intaglio
16 x 20

As a content-driven artist, technical means of working follows the intention for my imagery. The genesis of “Deadly Dancers” is a film called The Permanent Revolution by NYC filmmaker Manfred Kirchheimer. Aware of my Anti-Vietnam War prints in the sixties, Manny approached me to work on camera. I said the footage may be compared to Milos Forman’s film Goya’s Ghosts. He persisted for me to develop a new plate, tackling the fear and madness of war, until I agreed.

For the first time I used the Internet. I drew from my computer screen and developed multi-figured composition of contemporary young men willing to blow themselves up to kill innocents—a new level of madness in our world. The white-garbed, suicide-belted bombers also resemble the KKK, who actually attempted to burn a cross in my Mom’s yard in the mid-fifties.

Manny desired as many intaglio techniques as possible, so this plate has etched lines, aquatint, drypoint and engraved lines—I threw the kitchen sink at the plate. Has anti-war art ever stopped killing? I work out of conviction, via intuition and compulsion.

(“Deadly Dancers” was printed by R. E. Townsend, Inc., Georgetown, Massachusetts)