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SUBWAYS ARE FOR SLEEPING

Subways are for Sleeping March 18 2013

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  1. ALEX MCCRAE says:

    Hi Steve,

    Really digging your recent pure linear style of drawing, as exemplified in your snoozing subway dude, your Carol Gray, Rajina Aktar, and Brooklyn is Burning ‘thought’ pieces.

    I was racking my noggin, trying to come up with the artist who most reminds me of working in a similar kind of ‘searching’ , simplified linear approach to communicating the essence of the human figure, or physiognomy.

    Finally, I recalled the linear-bound portraits rendered by flamboyant Brit artist David Hockney from back in the early-to-mid- ’70s, where he used pretty much one, consistent line- weight (very light) to delineate the live sitter, just adding a modicum of cross-hatching, here and there, to create isolated dark notes in an otherwise totally linear graphic statement.

    I seem to remember particularly sensitive individual portraits of both his aged mum and dad reclining in a high-back chair and the corner nook of a large couch, respectively. I recall, as well, a superb drawing of his life-long friend and fellow art-school mate, the late R.B. Kitaj, relaxing on a museum bench in Vienna, circa 1975-ish.

    A fine seated, full-figure portrait in the same linear vein of fellow Brit artist Richard Hamilton also rings a bell in the cobwebs of my cluttered mind. HA!

    Always admired Hockney’s willingness and verve in embracing new, cutting-edge technologies, pushing his creativity beyond the expected, or the conventional—from his playing w/ early Xeroxography, to his what I call his neo-cubistic approach to fracturing the picture surface w/ his amazing photo-montage tableaux, to his wild, bold stage design for opera, and in recent years, now in his early 80’s, ‘painting’ landscapes of rural England, plien-air style, on his iPad tablet using Photoshop. But I digress.

    Keep up the great work, Steve.

    And keep on surprising us!

    ALEX

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