TITLE: House of the Rising Sun
DATE: September 2011
PREFERRED BUYER: New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, USA
CONDITIONS OF SALE: When exhibited, the painting has to be illuminated by at least three different lights equaling no less than 2005 W, from a distance not greater than 2 m each.
TECHNIQUE: Oil on canvas, unframed.
DIMENSIONS: 65 x 45 cm
STORY: This AbFab painting explores the connections between decadence and spirituality, between hedonism and asceticism. It is a take on an old American folk song which explores moral values and choices from the point of view of a woman led into a life of degradation and prostitution, made world-famous by the British rock band The Animals. Neither the house nor its shadows are here representations of objects; they are symbols of presumably opposing forces that tend to balance each other out in our minds and everyday lives. They represent those ten pages of Dostoyevsky and ten minutes of porn we desire (or have) every night before going to sleep. They represent the balance between the blue and green touching each other on this painting and the golden proportion that the house and its shadows create on the horizon. This AbFab painting suggests that being caught up in morality is as dangerous as being caught up in time, as they are both constructs. In a few minutes, as the Sun rises, the shadow will start to resemble something completely different. As our civilization matures and we learn to love the Earth, shadows of religion, guilt, and punishment will simply disappear.