100 Expressions: David Brodsky

Jun 5, 2017

David Brodsky, Springfield

Title: "Premonition"

Medium: Photography

Narrative: The photograph was taken at Bregenz, a small Austrian town, home of the Bregenzer Festspiele, which takes place on and around a stage on Lake Constance. (I later learned that giant pieces of this installation were used as a “backdrop” for a super-contemporary vision of Verdi’s opera “Aida.”) On the rainy, dreary day in October 2010 when I accidentally discovered this place, I had no clue what it was. This view was strikingly surrealistic and extremely disturbing and depressing. Six years later, during the 2016 U.S. election campaign, I “reactivated” this photograph because it was strongly reflecting my emotions. I had a bad feeling about the outcome of the ongoing election, which is why I have named this work “Premonition.”