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Deep End

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oil, alkyd, acrylic, carbon pencil on panel

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John Crowther
John Crowther Critic

December 27, 2021

Benjamin Long’s "Deep End" is a surrealist painting that builds upon themes of memory and childhood to convey a universal sense of longing. This work portrays a memory of a place and not the place itself. The distortion of perspective, the way the fence appears at a great distance, and the pool unnaturally large despite the beach ball that reveals its true dimensions, give us the impression of seeing the world through the eyes of a child. So too with the bright candy red diving board and murky depths of the pool. When we are children every distance appears longer, every color brighter, every pool an enormous, exciting, and foreboding lake, and as we get older the beach ball shrinks, the pool becomes small in comparison, and colors lose their freshness. We yearn after this magic of perception, and can only revisit it in fleeting memories, the ephemeral haze of dreams, or moments of wonder when confronted by an unfamiliar and exotic place. Long tries to touch on some part of these reminiscences, and—like the speech bubbles hovering over the pool—inspire in us memories of perceptions past.

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Benjamin Long
Painting - Unframed
Oil, Acrylic, Canvas
19.75 inches wide
19.75 inches tall
0.25 inches deep
5.00 lbs
Philadelphia, PA, US