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Rise and Fall of the Machine Man

Jacob Epstein’s ‘Rock Drill’ prefigured Readymades, realia-fusion, and the Futurist figure in sculpture

No one really knew what to make of Rock Drill, including its creator, the sculptor Jacob Epstein. In 1913, the imposing ‘monster’ was unlike anything else, perhaps more akin to a work of science fiction than fine art. A human form resembling some sort of cybernetic fusion of flesh and machine straddles a powerful drill, braced at the apex of its three shanks. A foetus-like form is carved into the…

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Remy Dean

Remy Dean

Author, Artist, Creative Consultant in Education. ‘This, That, and The Other’ fantasy novels published by The Red Sparrow Press. https://remydean.blogspot.com