Monday, September 3, 2007
Here's something a lil different.
The first is a photo I took of a shooting gallery game in Coney Island. When I photograph, I have a thing for signs and lettering. I like cutting off the letters so they look disembodied, like their own beings. I especially love the carnival light bulbs here giving each letter it's own three dimensional, surreal, bubbly aspect. (I don't know if it's kosher for artists over the age of 8 to describe their work as "bubbly").
Anyway, I draw most of my lithographs from photos I've taken. The above photo inspired this two color lithograph I did earlier this summer.
I changed the colors to blue and a sort of acid green, something more watery. I love the gritty, weird, dirty playground look of my Coney photos, but the drawings I do inevitably arise from the more nostalgic and romantic vision I have, influenced by historic reading I've done on the place, the idea of amusement culture, and the way Coney Island has reinvented itself over and over for those inspired by it--from 19th century real estate-greedy entrepreneurs, to idealistic amusement park owners who dreamed of building castles by the beach, to artists and hipsters enamored with the down and out, wondering-about-tomorrow Coney Island of today.
It certainly is a place which inspires interpretation.