1124 is one of my first biographical painting attempts, done after my father's death in 2002. There was a period in my life when I kept noticing the digital time "11:24"--as I note in the painting, it was both the number of my father's room in the Hotel Benjamin Franklin at 77th and Broadway and the time I woke up on the day my uncle Joe Krompacky drove my father back home to Pennsylvania, after the loss of his leg to gangrene.
I can still recall my anguish after having run to catch the bus to NYC, and then running through the city to try and get to the hospital on time to see my father and uncle off, only to have learned I missed them. I was filled with guilt for failing to be a son to my father. Being unable to turn back time an hour encapsulated my overall feel of powerlessness for my father's situation.




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