I stared at it for a long while , and i just realized the pole in the middle ....actually a gap ...? is it really a street sign or street light 's pole in the middle ? ... and i just read the comments and got wt u meant by w/o separation.... interesting arrangment . amazing painting ,can't believe the gap looks like part of your painted work.
Hey thanks! They were originally painted as one piece, but unhappy with the center, I ripsawed it out. The remaining two pieces then did little for me as single paintings until one day I moved them apart and set them side by side against the wall, where they worked really well together as a diptych!
Finally, a new artwork! I've been wondering what you were up to lately. This is very nice, looks a little more painterly than your other works. I get a lonely feeling from this. All those people--walking, biking, shopping, driving--but everyone looks disconnected from everyone else.
Thanks! There are several others done this past year that I had been hesitant to post as they were not necessarily the direction I was certain of continuing in. Perhaps I will post some of them as well.
This one was executed in brush which gives off more of a painterly feel which allowed me to get a more spontaneous look than usual.
cool to see some newness D - a few seconds after looking at this i had to correct my thinking to a diptych comp - at first the vertical poles in each section led my brain to seeing a third pole (space) in the middle ... as i was a viewer on the other sidewalk with a pole in my way - just the way it was lit i guess! nice man!
Great to see a new piece from you! I've been waiting for the moment forever.
A naive's question: Isn't the picture somewhat washed out? - If that's the right term to start with. What I mean is blacks/really dark areas are not present, neither are white and bright ones. Perhaps it's just the photo you took, but I would say that with your experience you see shades way too well to not see if the shot is not correct (and then you would mention it in the description).
At any rate it is not to criticize it (that would be odd) as I love it and the details
The photo I took was under cloudy conditions and consequently it darkened all the medium range tones too much. So, I lightened it up prior to posting and unfortunately, the lighter tones and shadows got washed out (right term!) to a degree.
Unable to correct it, I just decided to go ahead and post w/o adding any comments about it; and now that you have mentioned it, perhaps I will see if I can get a crisper photo up, something I probably should have done to begin with.
In any event, thanks again, very glad you like it.
An interesting history to this piece Denis and I'm very glad it didn't end up forgotten in the corner somewhere.
The panels work splendidly in my opinion with the two characters seemingly linked together in the way they are posed. I also like the more muted color because it enhances a washed out blanket emotion that can so often hang over inner city living - all underscored by the clutter of garbage in the extreme left…
Another very powerful statement on city living and culture. You never fail to hit things out of the park and this one is no exception…
Gouache paints laid down with flat brushes versus acrylics sprayed with my trusty old airbrush is always a trip. It forces me to think quite differently as I work since none of the colors are pre-mixed, leaving me to create lighting and shading effects on the fly. It does however offer more stable consistency in finish, so getting that muted look was more attainable with gouache as the medium.
Your take on this is deeply appreciated, since it was one of several other experimental pieces painted last year as one-offs that still sit around my studio as abandoned orphans. I hope to be posting more of them as I drum up the requisite courage to do so.
Thanks Mark, and have a very healthy and prosperous forthcoming New Year.