I've been busy over the Spring, and managed to finish (for the time being until I decide to go back into it) another painting from the Wojnarowicz series that I started around New Year's. The painting is called David's Dad, and it is about his violent alcoholic father and his refuge from an abusive childhood home. David Wojnarowicz loved pond and creek critters, as did I when I was a kid. I show him holding one of his favorite critters, a green snake.
These are all my pictures, so don't blame Steve Bates for a lapse in quality.
I recently finished some drawings of what I will be working on over the summer.
The first is a drawing for a painting I will call Hustled, about Wojnarowicz's many dangerous encounters as a hustler (though he also met some men whom he genuinely loved and who took care of him).
The next one I will call Painting Fire, another painting showing David with his work, or at least with my version of his work, again set in the long ago demolished Westside piers.
And finally a drawing for a painting I will call The Lazaretto. A lazaretto is a quarantine hospital in a port city. The first were created in Venice in the 14th century in the years following the Black Death. The first lazaretto in the USA (still standing though no longer used) is in Philadelphia.
This is based on a collaborative work David did with other artists near the end of his life. It was an installation piece about the rejection, neglect, and isolation that AIDS victims felt at the time. I intend to do something based on that idea. I plan for this painting to be the only one in the series in which David does not appear.
The finished paintings may not exactly resemble these drawings, but I think they are all a place to start.
I have more paintings in mind about David's work in ACT-UP, about his meditations on love and death, and more about him as an artist. I'm still trying to figure out how to end the series. I have some ideas in mind, though I haven't decided.