Jack Balas, 2009; IN THE FOREST PRESERVES (#466); oil and enamel on canvas; 48" x 40"


"All those walks in the forest preserves in college, the Little Red Schoolhouse, Enrico Fermi's concrete foundations before (after?) he moved to the University of Chicago, even the picnic tables carved with initials and stuck underneath with gum and the ground still sticky, still shining -- Little did I realize then that everything did count, that everything would be used in some distant future as an overlooked treasure, brought out now to transcend, to gleam, to redeem. (This is my voice.)"