Bar Portraits: California
Air de Paris
32 Rue Louise Weiss, 75013, Paris, France
September – December, 2014
Works on View:
Raymond Chandler & Luis Bunuel Quotes
Bars: The Third Space
I like bars just after they open for the evening. When the air inside is still cool and clean and everything is shiny and barkeep is giving himself that last look in the mirror to see if his tie is straight and his hair is smooth. I like the neat bottles on the bar back and the lovely shining glasses and the anticipation. I like to watch the man mix the first one of the evening and put it down on a crisp mat and put the little folded napkin beside it. I like to taste it slowly. The first quiet drink of the evening in a quiet bar—that’s wonderful. – Raymond Chandler
“I’ve spent lovely hours in bars. A bar is a place for meditation, necessary for life. An old custom, stronger with the years. I’ve spent hours daydreaming in bars, rarely talking to the bartender, and almost always alone, invaded by the most surprising of imaginings. In Madrid, I love Chicote. It’s a place for company, not solitude.
In Mexico, we had fun in the bar of the Hotel San Jose Purua in Michoacan, where for 30 years I went to write screenplays. The hotel is on the side of a semi-tropical canyon, and the window opened up to a splendid view. Outside the window, hiding the view, there was a “zirando,” a tree with light branches that intertwined like a nest of snakes. I let my eyes wander over those branches, following them like plots of endless stories, and seeing among them owls or at times a naked woman.” – Luis Bunuel
Bars: The temples of contemporary society that achieve the title of Third Space. Within the tranquility of its walls one goes to meditate, seeking inspiration in its anointment with holy water and consumption of the holy host with fellow parishioners. This collection of paintings represent the bars throughout California and the recollection of the artists I shared communion with in those places.
Photo: Marc Domage, Courtesy Air de Paris, Paris