Why I like this piece:
The informality of the work, along with the slapdash way of composing the images into a triumvirate of domestic . . . something. Maybe not bliss, but a sensibility almost as appealing and perhaps more engaged. The robe hanging on the wall looks to me not as if rest is waiting to be had, but rather that rest has been put aside for the moment. The second image of the artist actually at work is the centerpiece of the work and the centerpiece of the thought about being at home and working.
In other words, three domestic and very serene still lifes. The mundane becomes the subject of the artist's work. The third part is the clincher, as the haphazard arrangement of clothes and things waiting to be put away means there is other work to be done as well. So the home is all things at once, where work is done and waiting to be done, but where "rest" at least resides, even if it's moment is temporarily gone.
What this piece reminds me of:
I am reminded immediately of how impulsive I was then. To track down the artist and arrange to buy a piece of art directly was not something I had ever done. I don't know if the piece or my general compulsiveness about art drove me to it. But I have never felt untouched when I look at the piece, so it must have been something more. The site of the workhall on 23rd Street where the Young Communist League held the show has become a Gap store, if memory serves correctly (the northeast corner of 23rd and 8th Avenue).
In the 80's artwork and the art world was more accessible, as I've mentioned previously.
There were plenty of artists and many who worked in obscurity unless you made it to the type of unhyped and under-attended shows like this one. I think I was one of about 3 people in the room on a Saturday afternoon.
And it reminds me of Robin, who remains a friend (or at least acquaintance) to this day. We met at the gay clubs in the meat market district. His bio is on the link, but I did not know he was an artist in his own right until we got to know one another better. This show, which he was a part of, was not until 6 years or so later.