23 May 2008

William Wray Demo

Busy with contractors' work at home, a new movie and life in general, I thought I'd just take a break and go see William Wray's demo at the San Gabriel Fine Arts Association. Plus, I am doing the demo next! The AC was humming along in the middle of the heat wave and Mr. Wray delighted us with a rendition of the taco stand in Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles. He brought along some of his "Dirty Beauty" books and some examples of his highly personal style. He used thick paint and a deliberate pace over a tinted canvas. I tend to think the way he paints his skies is too "solid" but , at the same time, they are thick and dark and textured which gives them a certain ominous presence that complements well with his subject matter: urban neglect narrative.

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