Monday, May 21, 2012

Pools in Winter

If you are familiar with my films you may have noticed a recurring theme of water in many of them. One reason for this may be that I grew up next door to an Olympic- sized swimming pool in Tacoma Washington, and spent a lot of time there. One of my memories was a ritual where my brother and our neighbor Scott would jump the fence every spring before the pool was open to the public and be the first ones in for the year.  Scott who would later become the first drummer for Soundgarden would do this sneaking in style, and do a glorious jackknife off the high dive.

Anyway, I did a series of drawings of this pool when it was empty in winter (the high dive was shorted around that time from 10' to roughly the size of the smaller ones).  I've been going through the artworks I made in the 80's & 90's and came upon these drawings made in 1987. They are unframed and made to be hung together, 35"x 26" each, charcoal on heavy rag paper. I am in the process of cataloging these works and might make a separate blog for them.  These are the last of a series of pool drawings and paintings done around that time. I'm trying to lighten my inventory, and if you can give a good home these drawings please let me know. You can contact me through my email-