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Although I greatly admire abstract painters, Jackson Pollock in particular I have never explored any abstract art of my own. These images are small, safe digital expressions that developed from examining Picasso and Marcel DuChamp. The Big Four Bridge in yellows and greys was my first attempt. Simple and strong shapes of the span repeated again and again mimic the arches of the bridge itself. It is never going to be Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Stair but this image was always in my mind. Being a compulsive person I thought I would try it again and again and again with other structures.

The Fourteenth Street Bridge is a rail bridge in the west end of Louisville. As with all bridges it is a massive thing when you are up close to it. And thanks to my Dad who defiantly ignores “No Trespassing” signs I got near enough to examine the rust. I tried to convey the towering height of it which is hard to accomplish with a 24 inch screen. When it is printed in large format say 4′ x 8′ it takes on some of that grand height and weight.

The blue and green work, the third set in this gallery is the Second Street Bridge or the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge.  I did a small portion of this bridge complete and repeated it again and again. Named it “Stuck on Second Street.” Fitting. I didn’t really like it until I began cropping it and landed on this composition.

I had never experienced abstracts other than on line until I got to explore the Guggenheim in Las Vegas. It’s a small space that even on the guided tour wouldn’t take more than an hour. Two tours passed me while I wondered the gallery and hadn’t gotten through the second room. I dare say the guards where a bit disconcerted with a guy that looks like a fullback with a purse staring at Fernand Leger most of the morning. His primary colors and heavy lines inspires the piece I did on the Kennedy Bridge. Red, yellow, black and blue with no political or social agenda connected to it other than admiration for another artists work.

The final attempt at some expression of my own is a rendering of the Sherman Minton Bridge rising from the west end of Louisville.  I had rendered it before as Monet might have done for it is a beauty. Smoothly rising double arches that could be  crossing a garden pond rather than a river. I portray it at night and examine the relatively small amount of light from the span below reaching the upper arches of the supports. I have this completely rendered but this was to me the most compelling cropping.