Windows and Phobias

Windows5_JamesFish

Paintings created in 1996.

Acrylic on stretched transparent vinyl, these paintings are both transparent and opaque. They represent the windows at my home, during this time, in Los Angeles California. They have been been given the names of different phobias, such as Gymnophobia (is the fear of nudity), Xenophobia (an irrational or unreasoned fear of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange), Agoraphobia (fear of open spaces), Nyctophobia, Aerophobia, Acrophobia, Claustrophobia and so on.
Featured above, Paranoia, features black louvered blinds covering a window, almost closed, yet open enough to spy through.

The intent was to create a personal space, that was known to me yet a familiar reference for window blinds typically used for windows throughout Los Angeles.
A first impression of hard-edged abstraction, the titles imply a psychological tension. The paintings are rational yet full of flaws, they function as windows to be seen through, but they reveal a dimension that is shallow. A dark comedy.

This collection of photos were taken at Blum and Poe gallery.

 

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