Loved seeing this painting in person on my first visit to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston this weekend.
From the London paper Independent, 2004:
But when the spell holds, it holds just as strongly in deserted places, where there's no figure at all. The New York street shown in 'Early Sunday Morning' is entirely unpeopled. There is no one in it, no one looking at it. The bright illuminated pharmacy window in 'Drug Store', with its sign saying "Prescriptions Drugs Ex-Lax", is blazing away on a street corner through the night, advertising itself - to nobody.
"When we were at school," Hopper once remembered, "we debated what a room looked like when there was no one to see it, nobody looking in, even." People often talk about that kind of thing. They don't often find a way to paint it, as Edward Hopper found, for a short stretch of his career, painting a transfixing blank, a world from which human perspective has been withdrawn."
Ice cream season is ending (for some people) but I'm still preoccupied with painting bars and pops, and working on some bigger paintings, too. Even though the ice cream or the sign is a recognizable object, they become, for me, shapes to shift in scale or color, that I could never invent, but I can depict. Then, the extra layer of what the image may evoke, if anything.
I did a smaller version of Payco- or Spacesicle- or I haven't titled it yet- a couple months ago, but I just finished this 36"x48" oil which I may still work on and then varnish when dry. The other photo is of my window installation for Newburgh Open Studios last weekend.