Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The People Game

When I was a kid my father and I played a game. We looked at people on the subway and made up stories about where they came from, what they did for a living, and whether they were happily married. We called it The People Game. As a Broadway producer I continued playing The People Game. I watched actors audition and tried to imagine them as one of the characters in a play. Now I am playing The People Game as an artist. I paint people in restaurants, concerts, theaters, markets, parties and casinos. While I am painting a story emerges.

When I played The People Game on the subway I never found out if the story I made up was true. If I picked the wrong actor when I played The People Game on Broadway I lost money. Playing The People Game as an artist is less dangerous than Broadway. And best of all the stories are true.


Blogger argos said...

Both "cap day" and "the people game" are fantastic pieces of work. But I am well aware of the combat one also finds himself in when producing such work.

If I could, I'd simply call you on the phone. Then....you would know cap day is fin! Ha!

My late italian grandfather painter used to say when reviewing my work... "Jeff, put the fuckin brush down!"

I must say, If i hadn't lost soo much money myself on people lately...I'd purchase these two paintings in a NY minute.

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