Tuesday, July 31, 2007


Living in high-rise buildings means that being confined in those box-like dwellings placed one on top of the other gives one a feeling of claustrophobia. With entrance doors closed to "seal" occupants away from their immediate neighbors just across the lift lobby means that the surrounding windows inside these flats are the only source of semi-polluted air and sunlight, depending on the day of each year. In effect, windows serve as our connection to the outside world.

It's funny how most people nowadays are hooked on computers using recent Windows versions to peek into the virtual world while the surrounding real windows reveal the real world. Maybe the virtual world helps them to widen their view to cure or forget about claustrophobia.

Try to take time to look outside at those neighboring and distant high-rise buildings. The windows of all sizes and shapes dotting their facade, glowing in the night like Christmas lights, tell various unique stories of people and families, including pets, who are likewise busily hooked into their computers or plasma TV most of the time. And even those wallpapers, furniture and furnishings visible from a certain distance reveal their economic status.

All these sights we see in densely populated cities where the vertical development allows us to witness these stories in storeys where sometimes you see people party or fell out of their window.

I used acrylic paints and fabric of all kinds in this new series of art pieces to portray those many windows I see in the city. From a certain, distance the whole picture that these new painting series projects also seem to look like pixels floating over bar codes - popular icons of this age. (Joel E. Ferraris)

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