Erie & Franklin
The idea for this body of work originated in my everyday movement through the city. I never go out with a specific purpose of taking a particularly evocative photograph or making a sketch. On the contrary, the inspiration usually comes from my daily routine. I come across inspiring compositions while doing my regular shopping, going to the studio or simply looking out of the loft window. Even though I practically never leave downtown I do my best to avoid depicting landmarks. Frankly, I don’t even look up very often. Usually I paint scenes that are either right in front of me or observed while looking down from the El. train. And what I see is a sort of an urban sculptural garden. To me, the buildings with all of the attached hardware are purely sculptural forms. Taking a train through downtown is akin to experiencing a visual symphony of lines, silhouettes and colors.