Jacob Lawrence, Supermarket--Gifts for the Homeless (1994)
This collection groups
pieces on the theme of homelessness.
The pieces are discrete.
There's no inner structure or implied narrative.
These aren't frames from a film.
I think of this work as analogous to Cubism.
The Cubists implied three dimensional objects by juxtaposing multiple two-dimensional planes depicting the object from different points of view.
These pieces are those planes; the object is homelessness.
- Aged by the outdoors, his face and his car, the two of them equally weathered.
- Shaved head, dusty green dress shirt untucked, khaki corduroys, brown loafers with holes.
- Weathered skin, dirty boots, dirty jeans, dirty jacket.
- I was homeless for a different reason.
- After they were expelled from the sober house they lived in her car...
- Her gratitude for hot showers.
- Asleep in her car...
- It was easy to predict he would be the first to fall...
- We promised to search for him, but, we forgot.
- Back on the street.
- "The most important things in the world..."
- She moved from the old apartment and forever after I felt homeless.
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