Thursday, February 4, 2016

BEAUTY: Painting--Alex Beck

Perhaps it is because I have friends who have recently lost or are in the process of losing their parents, which of course naturally brings up the deaths of my own parents, but Alex Beck's series "Jack & Ethel" is quite touching. It seems to examine a trip an older couple--someone's parents (or grandparents)--took to Hoover Damn, but the clear, snapshot quality juxtaposed against a kaleidoscopic sense of memory should make us all realize how subjective our lives are. They are ours. The people and loved ones who populate our lives are ours. We want them and need them. And we miss them so when they are gone, when all we have left are snapshots (the kind we take with a camera) and memories (the kind of snapshots we take with our eyes and minds and hearts)...

Top to bottom: Friends, Lover, and Curtains' Stop and Smell the Patterns; Symbiotic Jack & Ethel; Passing Thru; Pit Stop 59; Hoover Traffic; Hoover; Obituary


Alex Beck said...

Thank you so much for writing this, you have no idea what who you've made me feel, I cried when I read this and fully realized what it is i had created I was doing. from the bottom of my heart- thank you for you heart

Jeff said...

Hi Alex!

What a treat! I always love it when artists I write about drop by for a visit and a comment. You are so welcome and thank you for such a lovely, poignant series of paintings. They are very special.

Please keep creating!
Best always,