Tuesday, March 17, 2015
A line of parked cars on Sullivan Place between McKeever Place and Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn is the content of this 8x10 pen and ink drawing. You might have noticed that instead of generic places, I prefer specific places in my artwork. There's too much reality already in existence to make up one's own, and risk becoming 'clicheish'. The painter Lois Dodd said that she makes her paintings from what she sees and finds in the world. If she concludes that what she is looking at won't work in a painting she moves to a different position, or moves on to another place. That has always been my approach as well. There's plenty of room for being as abstract or realistic as you might want within the specificity of reality. This is number 61.