Pony

Pony, Oil and bound charcoal on canvas, Approx. 50" x 48", circa 1990

Pony, Oil and pigmented glue¬†on canvas, Approx. 50″ x 48″, circa 1990

Elusive flying pony. Fallen skater. Two poles divided and united. Ambivalence between fear and dreams.

Technique
This was created in the rooftop studio at 142 Roebling Street in Brooklyn when the rest of the building was still occupied by garment workers. The painting has an underdrawing of natural wood charcoal submerged in hot liquid glue that temporarily suspends the charcoal dust and then dries into the canvas to make an impervious drawing. Layers of transparent oil paint and pigmented turpentine washes complete the image.

Levitation

Magic Hat Trick, Oil and bound charcoal on canvas, Approx. 50" x 48", circa 1990

Magic Hat Trick, Oil and bound charcoal on canvas, Approx. 50″ x 48″, circa 1990
Collection Peter Corens, NY

Sometime in the late eighties or early nineties I was doing a belly crawl through the stacks at the New York Public Library for archival illustrated books on the topic of magic. I encountered a late nineteenth century edition of a book simply entitled Saltimbanque.