These two drawings are related to my later, larger piece TEEN EXCAVATION. After using myself and a variety of notable folks as the subject matter in my ongoing portrait/landscapes, I thought it might be interesting to do some vanity real estate developments based on absolute strangers. Both these fellow fit the bill quite nicely, having been featured in the book LEAST WANTED, a collection of nearly anonymous mug shots of 20th century losers. Lorenzo Vest was arrested in 1942 for allegedly passing out pornographic material in front of an elementary school in Michigan, and Louis Thorn was a labor union heavy repeatedly arrested throughout the 50’s for threatening, brawling and petty criminal trespass. In other words, they had the character and integrity of most real estate developers. LORENZO’s TOWER OF FUN is a playland paradise with some chain restaurants and other retail outlets, while LOUIS THORN HOMES is a more traditional residential development, albeit with spectacular views.
Great drawings, Bill! Here in LA the big real estate developer is Eli Broad, soon to have his own museum built downtown to house his massive collection of contemporary art. Most of his collection is as much of a blight on the artistic landscape as his housing developments are on the hillsides of Southern California. Maybe you could work him in to one of your drawings?
Two Landscapes with Vanity Developments
TWO LANDSCAPES WITH VANITY DEVELOPMENTS 2009
LORENZO’S TOWER OF FUN 26" by 24"
LOUIS THORN HOMES 26" by 27"
Pencil on paper