A desert of magnificence...

19th century art critic William Hazlitt wrote that Fonthill Abbey was “a desert of magnificence, a glittering waste of laborious idleness.” His critique had as much to do with this Baroque-era palace’s purpose and use by the very few, idle rich, as it did its inefficient design. When I discovered this phrase, it reminded me of the places I take pictures of during my daily commute. Travel, either at home or abroad, forces me to consider Cleveland’s life-cycle—its once gilded age of unchecked wealth and growth which has left behind vast vacancy due to sprawl and our dwindling population.

Doan brook slowly got buried over 200 year but it pops out here and there, around Superior, up to Coventry (it smells in the Summer),  2015 Screen print, paper lithography, acrylic, Sumi ink, spray paint and pencil on paper  96 in W x 47 in H

Doan brook slowly got buried over 200 year but it pops out here and there, around Superior, up to Coventry (it smells in the Summer), 2015 Screen print, paper lithography, acrylic, Sumi ink, spray paint and pencil on paper
96 in W x 47 in H

 
 

The old flower shop is now a hospital parking lot; they’re calling those new condos “Upper Chester”, 2015
Screen print, paper lithography, acrylic, spray paint and pencil on paper
60 in W x 41 in H

#1” across from the new “Upper Chester” condos,  2015  Screen print, paper lithography, acrylic, Sumi ink, spray paint and pencil on paper  60 in W x 41 in H

#1” across from the new “Upper Chester” condos, 2015
Screen print, paper lithography, acrylic, Sumi ink, spray paint and pencil on paper
60 in W x 41 in H

Village Market, West, from Memphis Kiddie Park across town back East to Parking,  2015  Screen print, paper lithography, acrylic, spray paint and pencil on paper 60 in W x 41 in H

Village Market, West, from Memphis Kiddie Park across town back East to Parking, 2015
Screen print, paper lithography, acrylic, spray paint and pencil on paper 60 in W x 41 in H

 
 
It radiated from the Shop n Save at Euclid and Noble… they heard it all the way on Pluto,  2015 Screen print, acrylic, spray paint, silver leaf and pencil on paper  59 in W x 48 in H

It radiated from the Shop n Save at Euclid and Noble… they heard it all the way on Pluto, 2015
Screen print, acrylic, spray paint, silver leaf and pencil on paper
59 in W x 48 in H

Musicians Towers is home to over 1100 residents; we pass it on our walks,  2015 Screen print, paper lithography, acrylic, Sumi ink, spray paint and pencil on paper  96 in W x 47 in H

Musicians Towers is home to over 1100 residents; we pass it on our walks, 2015
Screen print, paper lithography, acrylic, Sumi ink, spray paint and pencil on paper
96 in W x 47 in H

 
 
The Hollenden Hotel, caged for demolition. The rest of the city can topple in its wake...,  2015  Screenprint, pencil, spray paint, silver leaf, Sumi ink and pencil on paper 60 in W x 35 in H

The Hollenden Hotel, caged for demolition. The rest of the city can topple in its wake..., 2015
Screenprint, pencil, spray paint, silver leaf, Sumi ink and pencil on paper
60 in W x 35 in H

Phosphorus “runoff” and favorable Lake conditions produce a bloom; the citizens of Toledo can’t always drink the water,  2015 Screen print, paper lithography, acrylic, Sumi ink, spray paint and pencil on paper  57 in W x 42 in H

Phosphorus “runoff” and favorable Lake conditions produce a bloom; the citizens of Toledo can’t always drink the water, 2015
Screen print, paper lithography, acrylic, Sumi ink, spray paint and pencil on paper
57 in W x 42 in H

 
 
Back and forth to Collinwood from the Heights (the minaret is made from waterproof fabric.),  2015  Screen print, paper lithography, acrylic, Sumi ink, spray paint and pencil on paper  96 in W x 47 in H

Back and forth to Collinwood from the Heights (the minaret is made from waterproof fabric.), 2015
Screen print, paper lithography, acrylic, Sumi ink, spray paint and pencil on paper
96 in W x 47 in H