Mind games played during time spent in a certain New York neighborhood
and new works inspired by them!
During the few weeks spent in New York last month, among other things I took some long walks and a whole lot of photographs of the urban landscape surrounding me. Everything felt so new, and although the centuries old buildings show very well their age (in some instances way too well), yet with the ever changing nature of the winter light their facades surprised me with a fresh crisp appearance, as if the lowering of temperatures was having a rejuvenating effect on them!
As the days went by, I felt being drawn more and more to the character and details of certain streets, concentrating on the facades of these old majestic buildings and realizing that I was developing a habit of making up stories played in these surroundings over the course of the last 200 years. As if in a time-lapse movie I was seeing the houses being built, the houses getting old, their owners changing, new generations coming, the renewal - birth, life - death, winters- springs, the endless cycles of countless lives rolling and playing on the stage of this old for some/new for others neighborhood.
Back in the studio I let the strong impressions and feelings generated during the past month becoming voices dictating me this new series of works, based on the echo of stories played in a city's very old and very resilient residential neighborhood.