|A TIMELESS DAY (2001), BY ARLESS DAY|
ACQUIRED FROM HIDELL BROOKS GALLERY, CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, JANUARY 2002
COLLAGE AND GOUACHE ON COMPOSITION BOARD, 13" BY 18 5/8"
I've been a big fan of Arless Day's work ever since I acquired my first Day, Seven Birds And An Angel. Arless' constructed realities are more vivid than our own, and often depict idealized places... places that you think you remember, or that remind you of a place you've visited, but that don't actually exist.
This work depicts an idealized Caribbean locale... perhaps one of the French or British islands, like Martinique or the British Virgin Islands. The buildings in the background, which represent mostly Caribbean influence with a touch of Venetian architecture, are clustered rather tightly together, as they would be if there were a limited amount of shoreline surrounded by hills with dense foliage. In the foreground, Arless has built a collage of lava flows from Hawai'i, along with an iguana and an easel in the lower-left corner of the work. The latticework in the upper-right corner of the work places us in our own building across the water from the town... perhaps the porch of a vacation house.
What I really like about this work is how it depicts a calm, tranquil place that seems like a great place to just unwind from the stress of the modern world. The combination of blues and greens is very appealing to me. Of course, I also like Arless' pun... this work is truly a "timeless" Day.
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