Monday, April 12, 2010

The Thayer Street Project

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

In The Thayer Street Project, a portrait series which I started in 2004, my subjects were teenagers and college student posed in front of their favorite shop or restaurant on Thayer Street, the busy commercial street near Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.  I had teenagers at the time and was fascinated with how teens present themselves to the world through their choices of clothes, hair color, make-up, and jewelry.  I viewed their dress, in some cases, as costume, and their poses sometimes part of an image which they were projecting.  Their faces suggest potential, introspection, vulnerability, independence, and mystery.  I approached each portrait with a desire to know the model as well as I could through the hours I spent drawings them, and to present a view of our time: the fashions, buildings, signage, advertisements, shop windows, cars, street furniture, posters, and other evocative aspects of the Thayer Street scene.

Each portrait in The Thayer Street Project measures about 23" by 29".  I used artist's colored pencils on Strathmore 500 bristol board.

Jonah and Andrew

Girl on Thayer Street












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