I am reminiscing about a road trip I was taken on last summer across the United States. We drove from Washington D.C to Mississippi and Louisiana (ending in New Orleans, the Gulf of Mexico!) and then back up to D.C and onto Baltimore, Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York. Here’s a match up of two pieces of work that both celebrate the terrifying, fertile, super-sized lands of North America.
Olds 1988 / 1989
acrylic on canvas
48 x 48″
“He had come such a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close he could hardly fail to grasp it. But what he did not know was that it was already behind him, somewhere in the vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night..”
– The Great Gatsby, F.Scott Fitzgerald