The painting is beautiful. Vibrant swirls of deep blues, greens, and yellows pull me into
its center. It’s massive, eight feet by ten, and I am incredibly dwarfed by it.
Everything about itis bold and complex. I begin to feel a little suffocated in its imposing presence. It holds suchdepth, such emotion, that it is almost three-dimensional, a gateway to a strangely abstract worldof color
. I’ve never seen anything like it.
My eyes drift to the lower right corner, and I notice there is no signature on the painting.
There doesn’t need to be
, I realize
, not for Konstantin Hahn’s work
. The whole piece is asignature, a human being on canvas. A name
is a trivial thing compared to someone’s whole
identity. Forgetting where I am for a moment, I reach out a hand and gently touch the painting.The raised ridges of paint make my fingertips tingle.
“Hey!” A security guard jogs over to me and I jerk my hand away. “Don’t touch that,please.”
“Sorry,” I reply, though I am not really very sorry. He gives me
a curt nod and stalksoff.I sigh, turning my gaze back to the painting. Will my own artwork ever be this
communicative, I wonder? Maybe it’s not that it’s communicative, I think. Maybe I’m just an
emotional person.A sharp ring punctures the quiet murmur of the gallery. I hurriedly fish my cell phone outof my pocket, feeling irritated glares boring into my back.
“What is it, Karen?” I hiss. “I’m at the gallery.”
“I know you are!” my sister laugh
. “Have you seen anything interesting? I wish I couldbe there, more than anything.”
“Interesting,” I repeat quietly, staring at the painting in front of me. “Actually, I have.” I
proceed to tell her about the artist Konstantin Hahn, and the wonderful artwork hanging beforeme on the wall.
“Sounds incredible,” Karen said after I’d finished.“He is,” I agree.She sighs on the other end of the phone. “I wish I was there so bad.
But not everyone
can afford to fly out to New York, you know. I’ll let you go now, Jon. Have fun!” The phoneclicks, and she’s hun
“You really like this guy,” comes a voice from beside me.