The House and the Hand and the Hatchet ★★★½

SLIFF 2018 Spotlight

American sculptor Jame Surls cuts a contradictory but clearly-defined figure, and it’s easy to see why directors Austin and Maitland Lottimer find him so compelling. He boasts the education, erudition, and staggering resume of an artist’s artist – he has a MFA from Michigan’s prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art – but also the down-to-earth, curmudgeonly streak of a Western straight-shooter. Pointedly, Surls is widely dismissive of much of the contemporary art world. He is, in almost every respect, as independent and incomparable as they come.

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