I am an avid news radio listener. Like many of my artist contemporaries, I labor in solitude, and the radio provides, along with information and entertainment, a connection to the outside world. Radio diminishes my isolation yet never demands my full attention, allowing me, the listener, to drift in and out as I work in my studio. When a piece is finished, I experience a type of sense memory, where passages from a painting evoke an echo or flashback of a broadcast.

Throughout my first decade of living and working as an artist in Brooklyn, New York, I kept a radio on in my studio. My political sound track included the Iran-Contra hearings and the denial of Robert Bork’s appointment as a justice to the United States Supreme Court. A few years later, I tuned in to the confirmation of Clarence Thomas to that...

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