Del Oro: Rain – Archival Digital Print – 15 x 20 inches
Imaginary Films – The street exists and so does the rain and the cars and the man and woman with the umbrella. The theater exists too, but the movies don’t; they’re inventions.
I wondered why no one has bought this print. My friend said it’s because “your titles are too somber. Here are three better ones:
The Elderly Brothers
Renegade Biker Sluts.”
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2 thoughts to “Del Oro: Rain”
Saint Judas and the Renegade Biker Sluts do it for me….such strange humor, have you.
What I appreciate most about this painting is the point of view of the painter, and thus, our point of view as viewers. Apparently, we are on the second story of a building across the street from the cinema. We are “high and dry,” protected from the rain, so the title of the film, “After the Rain” is both of the moment as well as apocalyptic. But then, “If Not, Not” suggests resignation to anything that will be. “What Will Be, Will Be,” but in the negative only. And what a triple feature! “Saint Judas” reminds us that the fellow who betrayed Jesus, must have had “God on his side,” as Bob Dylan suggests:
Through many dark hour
I’ve been thinkin’ about this
That Jesus Christ
Was betrayed by a kiss
But I can’t think for you
You’ll have to decide
Whether Judas Iscariot
Had God on his side
After all, had Jesus not been betrayed and then executed, would Christianity even exist?
It is compelling that the titles of the films are so immediate in the painting, and perhaps it’s true that the titles kept the painting from being sold, but I just love the atmosphere and the point of view.