|Cyclone, Coney Island, 2017, 26"x 38," watercolor, gouache & pencil on paper. (c) 2017.|
Urban nightscapes have long been a source of fascination to me. In particular, I love the way a combination of darkness and electric light can transform massive steel and concrete structures into twinkling, ethereal apparitions: Perceptions are as affected by light and its absence during the day, as well. But, the affect is most obvious after nightfall when darkness obscures most physical phenomena and all that can be glimpsed is what little is illuminated by electric lights.
Most of us experience the world visually: As a continuum of visual impressions and images. The unreliability of that visual data is of unending fascination to me. I think Plato's allegory of the cave is the best metaphor to describe the phenomena. And, my nightscapes are meant, on one level, to be metaphors for the limitations of human perception. In Plato's allegory the inhabitants of a cave only see shadows cast on its walls; thus, they only partially glimpse reality, but never perceive it in its entirety. Likewise, after nightfall physical phenomena can only be partially glimpsed. The rest is guessed or imperfectly remembered from earlier experience and observation.
|Parachute Drop & Carousel, Coney Island, 2017, 26"x 38," watercolor, gouache & pencil on paper. (c) 2017.|