ALEXANDER AVENUE: A Portrait
The Alexander Avenue Project is a collaboration between portrait artist R. Douglass Rice and photographer David Katzenstein. These artists have been friends and collaborators for over 20 years, and this is their current project about the people who make up the lifeblood of one block on Alexander Avenue in the South Bronx. The artists spent two days on block where Doug Rice's studio is located, meeting and photographing the neighborhood regulars.
The initial concept was for Katzenstein to create 10 portraits of individuals who inhabited the block and then Rice would use these images as inspiration in his painting process. Upon completion, the artists returned to their subjects to share with them their creations.
This project was completed in June 2016.
Paintings: R. Douglass Rice
Photographs: David Katzenstein