A horn, a whistle, a bell, a tune played through speakers mounted atop a white truck. The milkman, the fish monger, the Helm’s bakery man, the ice cream vendor. The occasional peddler walking, knocking, door to door. Waving neighbors, shouting friends, parents arriving - “I’m home” - after a day’s work. The front yard was engaging, and social - defined by action and sound.
The back porch was quieter, a place for review; a place to consider mistakes made, small victories gained, to silently confer with the neighbor’s cat. It was a place to imagine and reflect, a place to dream, a place for time alone. The only thing that interrupted the reverie was being called inside…being called by someone who loved you. The back porch was home to magic.
The bungalows made a sort of neighborhood within a neighborhood…a neighborhood of muted dreams. Hot summer evenings were spent outside, sitting on the steps, leaning on the railing, rocking in a swing. They sat in an aura of unwelcome intimacy. There was a uniform for the men - sleeveless undershirts and dress pants, worn shiny, held up by suspenders. The barefoot women wore thin cotton dresses, jazzy, loud, brightly colored. There was the contradiction of overdressed and shabby at the same time. They drank beer or whiskey and smoked Lucky Strikes. Only the kids wandered away from the porches…perhaps to escape the voices from inside….
About Bruce Dean: Bruce Dean received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Otis Art Institute in 1974 with a major in painting and a minor in drawing.
Bruce has worked as an exhibiting abstract artist; editorial, corporate and advertising illustrator and international poster artist for over thirty years. As an illustrator he received a silver medal from The Society of Illustrators and numerous awards of merit from national and international publications. His fine art posters and illustrations have been featured in numerous books and magazines. He has participated in over thirty solo and group gallery exhibitions nation-wide. His work includes projects funded by grants from the Department of Education and the Foundation for Global Community. Dean’s work was most recently featured in an exhibition entitled “Searching for Clarity,” at the Art Rental & Sales Gallery of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Bruce teaches advanced painting at Mount St Mary’s college and is a founding partner of MetaFour Productions, a non-profit corporation that produces visually creative instruction for educator’s and students.
See more of his work here: www.brucedeanart.com