Notes on AFTER HOURS
In my latest print, AFTER HOURS, the day's museum visitors are filing into the Cour Carrée du Louvre in Paris as they leave the museum at closing time. Outside, the dusk is harvesting the full luminosity of a rising moon. The evening's birds flock and swoop to celebrate the arrival of a glowing night's sky.
At the back of the courtyard the contemporary retreating figures seem unperturbed by the foreground figures which are rattling in from an earlier time to join the fray. With the unexpected jolt of these anachronistic fragments, I am hoping to tilt the scene into a large and perhaps mysterious scale of space and time. That sense of cinematic breadth and urban grandeur seems to have become a favorite theme of mine.
The invading figures in the foreground are borrowed from the 16th century engravings of Albrecht Dürer. Four brass players borrowed from an engraving of Dürer’s contemporary, Heinrich Hildegreve, join the Dürer group. They are Renaissance sackbut players, and they too are taking an after-hours break and drifting through the centuries into our present. I discovered them in an elegant collection of engravings honoring both Dürer and his followers, known as "The Little Masters".
This is my latest of the ten sets of images intended to become LED light boxes. It will also be included as a digital edition of 70 prints on paper. The mammoth project was started with my first trial digital print TRACKING SHOT in 2008 when my change from classic intaglio to the modern world of the digital began. The new medium enables me with a theatrical center for the drama and dialogue between present, past, and an enigmatic future, cheered-on by a genial moon with its expansive sky.
I have provided some notes and outside evaluations of this project on my website: https://lightboxes.petermilton.com