The Acid in the Rain, Acrylic on canvas, bleached denim, wood, 60 x 60 in.
The title “Acid in the Rain” is a play on the popular myth of LSD in the water supply as well as the scientific results of sulfur dioxide and nitric oxides found in rain water due to human activates. This hand tie dyed circular composition sits just beneath the bleached denim triangular flags, which are often connoting spectacle, speed, heraldry, or décor at celebratory festivals. “Acid in the Rain” can be thought of as a visual treat that offers a spiritually enhanced surrounding. Additionally, this piece can be read as a contemporary response to the painting “Avenue in the Rain” by Childe Hassam, one that covertly declines the painter’s patriotic duty.