An exhibition of drawings and paintings about Coney Island, 2009

Installation of paintings and drawings, 2009

These pieces are carefully executed renderings: like medical illustrations of the exposed corpse of a half-remembered playground.

Creating the aesthetic of a lost or fading memory is a challenge that has always eluded me. Finding a way to invoke, diagrammatically, the experience of a fleeting moment, half-remembered or long-past, is a project that begs to be finished, but is only possible in short bursts of passing energy.  When seeking a method for conveying that feeling,  few places offer a more refined object of study than Coney Island.  The epitome of urban decay and a physical embodiment of loss, it contains the last hulking remnants of someone’s memory of innocence past: sitting on the shore, waiting to be copied.

Now, as if doubling the sadness, Coney Island’s sense of loss is gradually fading as well.  Even nostalgia disappears eventually.

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