The Old School

18.25"W x 12.00"H x 0.0"D

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Matthew James


Medium: Drawing

Subject Tags: oregon landscape, pencil drawing, brick, old school, oregon

Media: graphite, pencil on paper

Size: 18.25"W x 12"H x 0.01"D

Year Created: 2005

Near where I lived was a town I called "Silent Hill," not because it had monsters in it (that I knew about) but because it had a wealth of derelict buildings of a certain age. This old brick school, a country school, was the kind of place you'd think the ghost of of a mean teacher who once taught there.

Hello There! Introductions are always a little awkward, aren't they? You're always wondering if you're striking just the right note, putting your best foot forward, making sure you hit all the relevant points. Sooner or later you just throw whatever you can and hope that something sticks. In short, I've always been endlessly fascinated with the Americana of LIFE Magazine of the 40's and 50's - I've always been amazed by the ability they had to encapsulate an entire narrative by being in the right place at the right time. In turn, they recall the best principles of Impressionism and Japanese lithography before it: that you're seeing a moment that wasn't the same a second ago and won't be the same one second from then, subjects coming in and out of frame. Moments, which is just what life it made of. I'm a SCAD Graduate in Production Design, which doesn't amount to much considering that our country was in chaos at the time. Competition for jobs around the time the stock market dove 5000 points increased, jobs that might have had 5 candidates before ended up having 500. Poor and having to work, I couldn't keep up with the kids who had time to pump of their extracurricular activities. Oh well, neither here nor there. One sometimes has to manufacture their own opportunities instead of waiting for them to come along.

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