The Artists "Review" Artists Project was launched on June 30, 2008. Below is a "review" of Demetrius Romanos' work, Runway 3, written by Chris Rywalt. Demetrius provided the second jpeg, an image of Runway 2, as well as a brief response to Chris' "review."
Demetrius currently resides in Cincinnati, OH, and Chris lives in New York, NY.
If you would like to participate in this project, please email me at jtkirkland [at] gmail [dot] com.
"Runway 3" tackles something that's occasionally interested me as an artist: The nighttime urban landscape. Airports especially always make me think of capturing their beauty -- every time I drive past Newark International I imagine getting the swirl of lights and clouds and energy bursting through the never-dark of northern New Jersey's night.
Maybe that's why I'm disappointed in this painting. It's always hard to tell from a reproduction, but it seems to fail to vibrate as it should. The painting lies there, kind of flat and even-toned, lacking texture or excitement. It's muted, more baggage handler than traveler.
I wish the JPEG was higher resolution; I can't make out what's happening in the middle ribbon of light gray. Is the horizon line below that or above it? It's ambiguous in the JPEG, and I suspect it is in the original as well. This ambiguity isn't helping the painting. In fact the whole thing hovers between realistic and farcical; the planes look like planes but are lined up in the air as no passenger planes ever are. The letter G is no doubt seen on runways, but this one is clearly collaged on. The lights could be real lights but they're in more of a Benday dot pattern. These contradictions don't add up to a mood; they come together as something less than themselves.
The painting works well at first glance, though. It's fine to skim, just not much to read.
By Chris Rywalt
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