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# 14 – Piazzas (4/13/15)
This piece took me over 121 hrs. It’s also done exclusively with a black pen. (All pens are inexpensive Bic Round Stic pens).
Like all other pieces, this one is hand drawn, which is indeed a way of the past as computer generated art has made it’s mark. Oftentimes in prison, boredom is an issue. To create art, especially to not plan any aspect of design, I was driven to anticipate the evolving results. Being in a box (cell), men don’t have much to look forward to and it’s easy to create a momentum of negative thoughts. However, to sit and simply “do” art, and anticipating cool designs and results, it manipulates your mind to have “something” cool happening or that will occur; something to “Look Forward To.”
While working on this piece, I reflected all the time I spent in Portland while free. I’d felt absorbed by the very diverse and artistic community that was new to me on the West Coast. I believe that whatevers on your mind transcends into the piece. For this reason, and due to some visual effects that surfaced upon completion, my thoughts went to the word “Piazzas.” Piazza means “public squares,” and sums up my observations at the time of the particular homelessness along each block, or in the square in Portland.