Jeffrey Paul Cocanour

Grand Lake, CO

Archival Gicleé on Hahnemühle

18 x 24 inches (45.72 x 60.96 cm)

Red Oak frame handcrafted by the artist.

Modern American Folk Art:

We took a right into town. Grand Lake introduced me to a new meaning. The water and town together convey a feeling of depth that instantly moves you.

Your belly and heart grab each other by the hand and as one leap out of your body. You double-check that there’s still ground beneath you. The Natives referred to this sacred space as Spirit Lake.

The color of the water held a place in my mind as I met Grand Avenue. There’s a saturated wonder that one gleans from each unique storefront along the boardwalk.

So much energy. At some point in the midst of the April snows, you can hear summer nights with locals; promising adventures amongst a slew of parties with countless guests. And then the bittersweet moment when home is somewhere else, that eventually you must depart. So much energy. I started imagining ways to condense it all into a memory.

I noticed I was creating a commemorative piece for all that is great about this place. In order to do so, I disassembled typical linear constructs to liberate buildings from orientations we take for granted. I reintroduced buildings from town that had been separated by space and cardinal direction since birth. I was ushering century-old characters off the pew for a family portrait. In return for their cooperation, I placed them in the lap of Mt. Baldy, soaking in the reflection of Spirit Lake. The buildings and the mountain together embrace an unforgettable sunset.