Mulholland Drive Series
I was born in Los Angeles, California and spent my teenage years in the San Fernando Valley suburbs in the 1960’s. This series tangentially recreates the feel, look and particularities of that era. My parents’ fractured family life mirrored many first generation Russian Jews trying to culturally assimilate as quickly as possible into the American mainstream. The figures in these paintings can sense their dislocation, both to their surroundings and to each other.
Patterns and repetition play a big role in these paintings connecting the figures to their environment. Bright colors playfully contrast with the narrative of lonely figures isolated and alienated. The picture plane is spatially divided by glass and steel boxes, running into freeways and passing though valleys.