Zachary Keeting and Christopher Joy visit the studio of painter Georgia Elrod.
Elrod remarks her interest in examining and presenting an inside-out view of the body, "in a way that hopefully anybody can see and understand... then it becomes a poetic space." The press release for Elrod's 2014 exhibition at Novella Gallery notes that her "paintings have become extrapolations, bearing witness to a history through allusion and suggestion. They attempt to include the viewer in the conversation as they both fill in the blanks and create new ones. In this recent work there lingers the anticipation of potential narratives."
Lampert writes: "With a portrait his aim is not exactly to convey likeness, more an experience: how the person looks (including under the skin); what’s going on in their life (and his); the conditions of that evening. Like an apparition, something totally unforeseen, possibly lasting for just seconds, may spring from making a few brush strokes, establishing an area of truth which ‘might actually expand into a whole truth’. The goal is a set of connections between the masses, the space, the sensations and a picture with a tense surface character."
Steven Alexander visits the studio of painter Paul Pagk.
Alexander notes that "[Pagk] makes his own paint with ground pigments to achieve extraordinarily nuanced color. The entire space and its contents reflect Paul's relentless visual, intellectual and intuitive explorations - probing painting's endless possibilities."
Zachary Keeting and Christopher Joy visit the studio of painter Jason Duval.
Duval remarks: "The things that are really important to me are materiality, the sense of an object and a picture that was made by a person in real time. And also that the finished painting, that the picture itself, is in a sense a kind of world, or a window onto a world whhere things happen, forms are in motion, there are states of balance and imbalance. Ideally when they're working well there's a sense of time, enough of something real and human that the viewer can identify and step inside of it."
In a new installment of the Brancaster Chronicles, Anthony Smart, Anne Smart, Robin Greenwood, Sarah Greenwood, John Bunker, Alexandra Harley, Patrick Jones, Helga Joergens-Lendrum, David Lendrum, Mark Skilton, Hilde Skilton, and Noela James discuss a group of recent works by painter John Pollard.
In a new video by Molly Davies, Pat Steir discusses her work while painting in her Vermont studio.
Steir addresses both her use of the drip as image:
"The idea of pouring the paint of the waterfall paintings was to use the icon of abstract painting, which is a drippy brushstroke, and make that abstract icon make an image all by itself. And that's what it did, it made an image of the waterfall... "
and painting as performance:
"The performative aspect, especially of the splash up paintings, is extreme. It's really a dance. It's really a ballet. And the picture is the record of the movement. It's a direct record of the movement."
Browing comments: "There is never a plan or study for a piece in the beginning. That is just not a system that works for me. I’ve tried it, but I quickly realized that intuition, instinct, accident—whatever you want to call it—is the main driver of my work and the only way I get a piece that is “successful” to my eye. So for me, it’s pretty much the classic Abstract Expressionist approach: 'Make a mark, respond to that mark, etcetera.' So I would say at least 75 percent of each painting is made by trusting my gut and putting down colors and marks without really thinking them through. The other 25 percent of the process is where I will let a layer sit for a while and just look at it over a period of days, plotting my next move. That calculated choice may or may not remain in the final piece, but it is still an important part of the process. So in the end, the painting contains a cumulative effect of thoughtful decisions and purely felt acts."
Paul Behnke photo blogs a studio visit with painter Richard Timperio whose work is on view at Andre Zarre Gallery, New York through May 9, 2015.
Behnke notes: "Timperio's bold color and interlocking forms lay the groundwork for the paintings' formal concerns and create a backdrop for primed canvas outlines, imperfections in the surface, and scumbled whites. These elements work together with the newly found solidity of some forms to illicit a certain transcendent excitement."
Mark Skilton, Hilde Skilton, John Bunker, Nick Moore, Sam Cornish, Robin Greenwood, Sarah Greenwood, Anne Smart, Anthony Smart, Ben Wiedel- Kaufmann, Noela James, and Emyr Williams visit the studio of painter Patrick Jones.
Jones introduces the work noting that "the paintings, to me, are to do with the fact that I work very, very thinly, on bare canvas. I don’t prime them at all, and I work with stained, thin acrylic paint ... I’ve always used acrylic, and I was brought up with it and I like it. It’s inert, and it’s not something I have to mess about with a lot to get it to do what I want. But that’s what I see the problem with the painting as being. Trying to work with virtually nothing on the canvas until the weave is filled, and then it changes. It’s a technical problem; it’s how to keep a painting varied and lively and interesting on that surface... it’s HOW to paint is the most difficult problem."
John Goodrich reviews In the Studio: Paintings, curated by John Elderfield, at Gagosian Gallery, New York, on view through April 18, 2015.
Goodrich writes: "In the Studio may be a rambling journey, but as [curator John] Elderfield writes, it’s intended not as a survey but as a speculative 'essay on the history of studio painting.' It gratifies as such, its thesis illuminated by major and lesser works alike. One could, however, draw a different argument from the selection of work — that what it really illuminates is the enduring powers of great painting in all its guises. 'Artistic greatness' may sound quaint in 2015, but how else to describe the one-in-a-million eloquence, courage, generosity, and curiosity expressed in painting’s most basic elements? "
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.