NIAGARA SERIES (2012 - 2014)

"Now, however, [in the Niagara series] we enter a strictly post-adolescent realm.  The process begins in the transitional, topsy-turvy, toddler-titled Jeannie Big Bed.  The Seberg-muse has had an awakening and precipitously she possesses a soul.  The last thing that would have occurred to her in her past incarnation was that she might develop a conscience – and so the last thing on her mind now is sex-work.  The room around her, and all her former selves, fall away like so many shed skins, and cinematically, she gazes off-stage, off the lot, as it were, to where her future lays.

It lays in niagaradown where something like The Raft of the Medusa has shipwrecked seven characters in search of a plot.  Having survived the catastrophe of the waterfall, they take stock of their plight.  An eighth figure, arms folded, voyeuristically observes the scene from the middle distance.  In Regency attire, an appropriated stand-in for the former boy-figure occupies the center of the painting.  A young poet glances across the picture-plane towards an introspective ingénue. These archetypes embody the problems of post-adolescence: that is to say the moment of recognition that one is completely alone in the universe, that one must die alone, and that in between one must somehow find solace for existence - and so we become embroiled in all manner of intrigues.  Our supreme task is to avoid ennui, disillusionment, and the death of the spirit.  The script calls for action, but these characters can only long for a day when they might achieve praxis, or perhaps find love and fulfillment."

excerpt from "Pathos & Enlightenment" essay by Dick Goody, Director, Oakland University Gallery