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Subway With Yellow and Blue

1974-76

Subway Station, Subway with Yellow and Blue

Subway with Yellow and Blue, 1974-1976

Acrylic and Enamel on Wood and Masonite and Metal with Incandescent and Fluorescent Lights, 79 x 48 x 65.5 inches

Subway Station, Subway with Yellow and Blue

Subway with Yellow and Blue, 1974-1976

Acrylic and Enamel on Wood and Masonite and Metal with Incandescent and Fluorescent Lights, 79 x 48 x 65.5 inches

Subway Station, Subway with Yellow and Blue

Subway with Yellow and Blue, 1974-1976

Acrylic and Enamel on Wood and Masonite and Metal with Incandescent and Fluorescent Lights, 79 x 48 x 65.5 inches

Description

Subway with Yellow and Blue began with the idea of making a stairway that went up in the front but was blocked off at the top, and, on the same diagonal, a stairway that went down in the back and seemed to go somewhere. It was only later that I realized I had actually seen such a stairway at an IRT stop I frequently used, and many years later that I realized that it had to do with the traditional entrance being blocked and inaccessible with entry to the interior possible only by the non-traditional “back” stairs. As I worked on the piece, I became aware that it bore a resemblance to small mausoleums, especially those I saw in a cemetery in New Orleans. I began to think of it as “dream” house, with basement, hidden passageways, secret rooms, a subterranean life. The feeling grew on me that what I was making was the small, visible surfacing of something vast, hidden, unknown and perhaps powerful.

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