This was one of my jobs – removing asbestos from the ceiling of the Baker Library at Dartmouth College. On the walls of the library was a great mural, The Epic of American Civilization, by José Celemente Orozco. In homage to Orozco, I copied a portion of his mural into my painting, making sure to add Orozco’s name at the bottom of the mural.
This is a scene from the old Caffe Paradiso in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA. I spent many hours there — meditative, social, and delicious. In this painting, I wanted to portray the cafe as a customer would see it, with all the tantalizing food displayed in the cases, and also as the worker sees it, with all the dirty dishes piled up beneath the cash register.
These are four jobs I worked at over a time-span of several years — coffee bean shop, bookstore, ice cream parlor, and drugstore — and they all happened to be a couple of blocks from each other. I consider this my “post-modern” painting. The distances in time and space are conflated into a single surface.