Announcing my new work titled Early Saturday Night. Although technically a streetscape, it’s actually a portrait of the apartment I lived in for three months during my 2011 artist residency in Corning, IA. There are two apartments above the Corning Center for the Fine Arts and I lived in the front apartment.
Obviously a respectful nod to Edward Hopper’s 1930 painting Early Sunday Morning, I tried to evoke the same starkness Hopper felt on a New York Sunday morning and project that on an early Saturday night in a small Midwestern town.
As I mentioned earlier, I feel this piece is more a portrait of the apartment above the art center. I spent the least amount of my time in the apartment. In fact, when I moved in I immediately unplugged the TV and turned it towards the wall. I wanted to spend my time painting outdoors or in my studio at the gallery. Only in the evening did I walk up the steps to the apartment. To me, time in the apartment was time not painting. If I’m to be honest, I felt a bit melancholy in that apartment and I think that comes through in the painting.
I valued my time in Corning. It was meaningful and a perfect buffer between my previous job and the start of my art career. I highly recommend it to anyone.