Aug 28, 2010

last address

"Breathing" 1987, oil on paper, 11" x 15"

This painting is by Hugh Steers, one of the artist featured in my friend Ira Sach's gorgeous short Last AddressThe film is a deeply moving homage to a group of New York City artists that died of AIDS-related causes between 1983 and 2007.   

There is a painterliness to it that I really love - shifts of sunlight on architecture, the city soundscape, the nuances of daily life.  One particular shot of John Brockmeyer and Ethyl Eichelberger's house in Staten Island reminds me of a Burton Calicott painting, a Memphis artist that I don't doubt was in Ira's field of vision growing up here.

The world keeps turning. 

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