The Navajo rider in Voiceless Solitude moves through Johnson’s bold, bravura, canyon. The circular canyon walls act as an amphitheater and magnifying glass. Moonlight becomes a spotlight. Even a whisper here would sound and resound. The canyon might be voiceless, and the solitude might seem absolute, but something–a moving shadow, perhaps, or a loose pebble rolling down the scree–has attracted the rider’s attention. Listening into the voicelessness, suddenly attentive, the rider, occupying a diagonal band of light–there are four bands, alternating light and shadow, if you look – he looks left, sits erect, filling the moment with palpable tension.
Painting has been lined. Minor inpainting in the sky.
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