THOMAS JEFFERSON RUSK STATE OFFICE BUILDING 20X16 2000

This is one of my favorite paintings from Austin, but we must have a conversation about ugly. Just like hate isn’t the opposite of love, ugly isn’t the opposite of beauty. Indifference or invisibility is the opposite of beauty. I love ugly. It evokes a deep empathy in my heart. I may walk past beauty all day, but ugly arrests my attention. It is why we are taught not to stare. I thought this building exquisite in its grotesque essence. Adding insult to injury, it reflects its beautiful sister, St. Mary Cathedral, from across tenth street. I enjoyed discussing art with the state treasury employees as they came and went. I found the color pallet in this piece particularly satisfying.