Humanities and Arts

Hell’s Kitchen Paintings

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Doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/pajj_a_00572

2022-04-10

Abstract

I take photos on my phone. I use the photos as an atmospheric reference to go back to. Impressed with the empty streets of Hell’s Kitchen, my home for the last twenty years, I started taking photos as I walked my dog. Hell’s Kitchen had recently been overrun by Times Square and luxury apartments. Here was a chance for me to come to terms with the place through an emptied-out landscape. Despite the upheaval of the last year, somehow these buildings seemed calm and stoic. Do they perceive what’s happening around them? Are they impugned by world events around them.