They say every
Artist has one theme threading its way throughout his entire body
of work. Perhaps mine is surreal wonder at the fact of our survival
in such a mercurial and capricious world - life in God's great gambling
Our city is an engine of incredible power; a principal player in
a great empire. Covering 150 square miles, it's lights spread out
into the night like carpet of jewels. Even while the city sleeps,
it glows. Yet in one instant we were thrown into darkness.
People handle catastrophe differently. Many succumb to terror, rage,
or confusion. Some have the presence of mind to find calm in the
eye of the storm. A few can find beauty in the midst of disaster.
Its easy, living
in a big city, to be overly impressed with man's achievement. Things
do look good with the power on. But when the lights go out, sometimes
we can see better. We can see who's cool and who's cruel and who's
really in charge.
Earthquake, San Fernando Valley, January 4, 1994