The painting is a monument to the idea of scale itself. The depth of the tunnel. Immortal black. Each brick marked with age. Centuries of snow, steam, and coal billows recreated under the painter’s brush. The figures disappear in the snow, all focus destined to enter that tunnel, its construction archaic and everlasting. Once again, the immortal black.
In The Wedding Party by American painter Aron Wiesenfeld, the artist does not need to draw attention to the goings-on of the people in his painting beyond the title that alludes to the moment captured. The bride, dead-center of the snow-covered train tracks, a limp drift of guests move ahead and trail behind, scatter between the battered snowbanks of the train tunnel. If the piece was titled The Tunnel the viewer would still notice the bride, the grandmother with her walker, the mothers and children, slowly crossing those tracks.
Wiesenfeld’s work is patience and calmness visualized — a tribute to the beauty of detail. The Wedding Party is hypnotic, a spiral of sadness and joy. The tunnel, the unknown, something can emerge at any moment and bear down on the bride and her loved ones, the manmade crush of innovation decimating her future. It is also a moment of pure poetic optimism, no matter how the world advances and what awaits in the darkness, humankind will continue to commune, to love, move on and innovate in our own individual ways.
The Wedding Party by Aron Wiesenfeld
18″ x 24″ Giclee
Limited Edition of 500