The Abandoned Phone Booth Project
The Abandoned Phone Booth Project was funded by the Northampton Arts Council in 2020. The abandoned phone booth sits by the post office in the center of Florence, MA. It no longer works. No one owns it. Yet it cannot be moved. It is an artifact now. Amber Scoon and Hannah Chase carried a painting, "Luke and the Blind Boxer" through town and installed it inside the phone booth. The abandoned phone booth has become a one-person, outdoor, public museum for "Luke and the Blind Boxer".
This painting "Luke and the Blind Boxer" is an image that I have been making and re-making for over twenty years. The figure in the painting is blindfolded in a boxing ring. The ring becomes a storm. The storm rolls in as the sun goes down and everywhere there is chaos and disorientation. Behind the blind boxer, there is an animal. In this case, it it a Great Blue Heron, named Luke.
In real life, on September 11th of 2001, I was in New York City, desperately looking for a phone booth in order to call my family.