March 27, 2018 was a unique life event for me. In a farmhouse near Lennox,SD, I had an art show with all of my work.
The intent of the show was to present a commissioned drawing that I finished for Larry Poppens, who was unaware of the medium and subject matter of the work. Friends and family traveled from near and far to see the show, and I was so overjoyed by the experience I had. When everyone had arrived at the home, Larry introduced me, I told a story about how the work was commissioned, Larry and I unwrapped the artwork, he immediately loved it and spoke to it (even though he had never seen it or knew what it would be), and then I gave a final presentation on the drawing. After the presentation, everyone ate, talked, and enjoyed the artwork throughout the house.
Larry Poppens hired me to create an artwork for him, but the content and medium were entirely up to me. However, I wanted to create a storyline that resonated with his passions. Through different conversations, it became obvious that Larry appreciated a time when people dressed formally for public events.
The main image in this drawing depicts a photograph from 1913 of two men before their bicycle race from New York to San Francisco. The overlapping city scape in this image represents a photo of the New York City skyline in 1945. These two photographs are essential to this piece. The photographs represent the beginning and end of a time period between 1900s-1950s when formal wear was an unannounced necessity for public events in any big city. Men with little money or assets somehow still owned a suit, which can be a difficult concept to understand in present day.