The Unbearable Banishment: queen

Saturday, December 6, 2008


I took the number 7 train one stop into Queens, got off at Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue and walked up Vernon Boulevard through a light drizzle to attend the opening of an exhibit by friend and artisté Sharon Florin at the Art-O-Mat gallery. She recently joined 7-Year Old Daughter and me for an afternoon at MoMA. It seems every time I see her it’s in conjunction with an art exhibit. You want to keep people like that in your life. They’ll help prevent you from becoming dull.

The exhibit is a series of paintings of Long Island City, where her studio is located. All of her paintings are architecture-centric. Ironically (or, perhaps not!) many of the beautiful old structures in Long Island City that she painted have since been torn down and replaced with something less dignified. Architecture preservationists are begging her to refrain from executing any more paintings of the neighborhood before it completely vanishes.

Actually, that’s not true. That’s a joke.

Here are a two of my favorites. This is the tile mosaic of the Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue subway stop.

And this is the Queensborough Bridge reflected in a skyscraper. No, that's not a photograph. It's oil on canvas.

Here’s her website. Her paintings of Manhattan make me want to live there. Again.


Blogger ~E said...

WOW! that second one is a painting?


December 7, 2008 at 4:35 AM  
OpenID nursemyra said...

I LOVE the tile mosaic painting

December 7, 2008 at 5:35 AM  
OpenID daisyfae said...

stunning - definitely good to have that sort of human in your life!

December 7, 2008 at 11:08 AM  
OpenID anniegirl1138 said...

I love the subway tiles. The bridge is amazing though.

December 7, 2008 at 12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you want to experience some more nyc artwork look up "kaws" thats my friend from jersey city. he is now a world wide artist, lives in Japan. They own almost half a trillion of US gov't debt. he has a very profitable leg of biz there....

December 7, 2008 at 8:24 PM  
OpenID thegnukid said...

i have lots of bare walls in my new condo... but i'm thinking your friend is just a tad out of my price range. beautiful work, nonetheless

December 7, 2008 at 11:23 PM  

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