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Massaia, Michael (American, b.1978)
Deep in a Dream – Central Park – 4am London Plane Trees , Executed in 2009, Printed 2012


Massaia, Michael (American, b.1978)

Deep in a Dream – Central Park – 4am London Plane Trees

Executed in 2009, Printed 2012

Platinum/Palladium photograph on Baryta Paper

Edition 1/3

Signed, titled, dated and inscribed #1/3 in pencil on verso

39.5in h x 31in w Image

• An Important Main Line, PA Collection
• Acquired from Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach FL 25 September 2012


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    Massaia, Michael (American, b.1978)

    Fine art photographer and printmaker Michael Massaia finds his artistic inspiration in the ordinary objects and surroundings near where he lives in New York City. Typically working in large formats and with black and white film, Massaia uses digital and analog printing techniques that he modifies to achieve the final image.

    Massaia’s artwork imbues a feeling of isolation, often depicting haunting scenes of Central Park and New Jersey boardwalks and amusement rides that are completely empty of people. His subjects of couples in a tight embrace are devoid of passion, instead they display an aura of disconnection. His artwork of everyday objects like old public telephone booths and abandoned train cars have an eerie quality and are portraits of these now defunct objects from another era that can still be found around us if we take the time to notice.

    The series Deep in a Dream- Central Park, which the present print belongs to, Massaia captures the park in the dead of night. As Massaia explains, “I started documenting Central Park back in 2007 as way of coping with severe insomnia.  I would commonly take long walks at night, and the park always seemed to be calling me in.  I set out to document the park at its most vacant, isolating, and at times, haunting moments. The park appears to go through a period of metamorphosis during those late night/early morning hours, and I was determined to capture it.” Initially executed in 2009, the present piece was printed in 2012.