A Thing Apart (36”x38,” 2015) is making its first appearance in public today. It has been lingering about the studio for some time past the date when its “real” version disappeared and construction of a new, four unit condominium replaced it at the corner of 17th Ave. and East Marion St. in Seattle’s Central District. The opposite end of this doomed house behind the already X’d wall inspired a still earlier work, Purple Couch (2013).
The new building has a long, high concrete wall separating it from the street. Efforts by locals to draw it into the neighborhood with appropriate graffiti have been resisted: maybe the surface is not receptive to spray paint? Still, this painter dreams of dragging 83-yo legs out into a dark night and putting its blank expansion to use by making some marks on the newly real world . . .