Alf Gadberry
Designer, Illustrator

Afternoon Date


Afternoon Date

18”x 28”  Acrylic over Illustration board. Greenwich Village, Summer 2018

In spite of vast differences and marked inequality, a basic democracy emerges in the mundane experience of walking on the street: we pass one another, we walk through the shadows of the same buildings, the light of a single sun. In the painting, the experience of navigating difference is inflected with the city’s embrace of desire in difference: here, the giraffe gazes, with anxiety and longing, at the mediated version of the hippo she is about to meet in the unmediated light that celebrates the encounter of difference.