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Weaving my way up and down three flights of stairs, along corridors, and through various rooms, I viewed the participating artists' works. I was particularly impressed by a woman who painted pictures based on family scrapbook photos from the '60s. Buying might be an issue, though, if you need to explain to guests that the images are of someone else's mom, dad and little brother. Could come across as kind of weird.
Finally, I discovered John, perused his artwork, which I love for its austere simplicity and Cubist style. However, John told me he felt more aligned with German Expressionism. He also said, when I asked about artistic influences, that he was a fan of Egon Schiele (though stopped short of calling him an influence) and of trees. Winter trees with their bare branches are a leitmotif throughout John's paintings.
I asked about the geometrical look of his artwork, and John explained that the images he paints reflect living in New York. Mr Azelvandre moved to the City in '89, and said his images reveal the gridlocked nature of the city, the man-made structure of things, and the juxtaposition of that with trees representing a vestige of nature.
John added he's been more than casually interested in art and painting since childhood, and has been working in this particular style he's mastered over the past five years.
About this last pic, John, an avid and accomplished shuttlebug, asked for a look of my iPhone picture, then said, "Hmm, kind of blurry. Can we take it again?"
We did. Now, where's the shuttle to Ikea again?