Saturday, April 21, 2012
Two Boys on a Bridge 2011
The first part of Boys on a Bridge was done in 2005, when I was making the transition from photos with paint on top to the reverse. It was about two boys playing/struggling on a bridge, one just about ready to go off. Although I was pleased with the painting, it was a transition piece, and sat in my studio for six years before I decided to try laying the IJT images over the boys and the bridge, in this case a photo of an old, soft doll along with one of trees full of black birds. The image became about a bad event where the birds exist as bad omens of what was about to happen, and the doll is a witness who has shared some similar, terrible fate. Once the piece was finished, I had it up in my studio for about six months, but decided that because of technical problems the painting had to go and I took it apart. It no longer exists. I'm still working with the IJT, but without quite the same fervor and excitement. It's better for my jaw this way.