Christopher Joy and Zachary Keeting visit the studio of painter Stephen Maine.
Discussing his relationship to the image in his paintings, Maine comments: "My effort is to try to control the contact of the material to the surface of the panel or the canvas in such a way the reading of it remains very open." He continues, commenting on his process: "The way that I have avoided composition is to paint in such a way so that the entire surface is physically addressed at the same time all at once. It's like stamping out a coin... It's been interestng to gain a kind of mastery in this... and then to try and forget that and let the machine, let the process... make a result for you in lieu of decisions."
James Kalm visits the exhibition Chuck Webster: Blessing at Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York, on view through October 12, 2013.
Kalm notes: "These impressive pieces bare testament to a new freedom and casual approach to materials, color and surface. Many of the works were inspired by a recent visit to the Rothko Chapel in Texas." From the gallery press release: "The surfaces are... activated by heavy brushwork, incidental markings and taut delineation... The chapel became a metaphor for his own interior space and the chapel’s octagonal footprint is the form in and entry to several of the paintings in this exhibition."
Christopher Joy and Zachary Keeting visit the studio of artist Rachael Gorchov.
Gorchov comments: "These are paintings... The objects, for me, are in service to the image... I call them sculptural paintings; they come out of the wall, they enter your physical space. To me, the way they enter the physical space is meant to direct your experience of the image."
Zachary Keeting and Christopher Joy visit the studio of painter Erika Ranee.
Responding to Joy's observation that "total extremes... seem at play in each work... every painting has its own distinct voice," Ranee comments that "each painting is its own little torture... a new challenge, a new approach to using these materials that are in opposition to each other... straight-edge/biomorphic... the gloss and the flat, the thick and the thin, the immediate and the more deliberate and slow. It's always in each painting." Ranee continues, commenting: "I'm loud on canvas. I need a certain dynamic - a 'pow' feeling with the paint."
An new video documents painter Rackstraw Downes painting on site in Presidio, Texas.
Speaking about his attraction to the area Downes comments: "I'm interested in landscape where people have acted upon it. I grew up in a landscape like that. England is very lived upon... The American romance with the untouched landscape is foreign to me. It never exactly hit me, and I like the landscape that has been modified. It's ok, people aren't so bad and they go in there and they do these things and some of these things are rather wonderful. This is one of those places to me."
Zachary Keeting and Christopher Joy visit the studio of painter Lauren Luloff.
In a statement about her work for a recent exhibtion at Cooper Cole Gallery in Toronto, Luloff wrote: "By painting my close friends and the objects in my studio I have a special moment of intimacy with them... The act of drawing these items, as well as patterns inspired by time spent in India, is a meditation on passing time, on pacifying, and creating a demarcation of my daily experience in the studio.
Some of these painting go beyond such direct references, and become bore abstract narratives, still exploring similar themes of the home, the body, and nature."
Zachary Keeting and Christopher Joy visit the studio of painter Matthew Miller. A new painting by Miller is on view at Pocket Utopia, New York through August 29, 2013.
Asked about the black backgrounds in his portraits, Miller comments that "it's similar to a green screen... it could be anything, it's this dense potential... this totally vacant, imaginitive space." He continues: "I want to employ illusionism; I don't want to participate in it necessarily. I want to use it as a feature of my painting... I see them as paintings rather than portraits. They're like images of portraits."
Graham Boyd and Pete Hoida discuss the paintings in Hoida's recent exhibtion The Black Morar Series 2010-2012 at The Museum in the Park, Stroud.
Mel Gooding, writing about the exhibition, noted: "Artists carry into their work a particular and unique sensibility and history of sensation. It is a quality that derives from experiences of colour-pleasure that long precede their becoming artists. It has become part of their inner aesthetic; it is a component of their sensibility. It may find time to be assimilated into the synthesizing action of painting, gesture and stroke, emphatic or light of touch; it is an action that requires a multiplicity of smaller movements, of eye and hand combined, in the selection and mixing of the colour that will be transported by brush or palette-knife to canvas. In Hoida’s case there is something utterly personal in his delicious tonalities, mid-colour purples, pinks, grey-blues, magentas and turquoise, mixed, over-laid, subtly, silkily textured."
On the occasion of the exhibition Patrick Caulfield at Tate Britain (through September 1), curator Nicholas Serota and artist Dexter Dalwood look at two Caulfield paintings: Interior with a Picture (1985-86) and Dining Recess (1972).
Dalwood comments: "What I really like... is just how 'hard-core' the paintings are, in the sense that they're so pared down. I think it was very hard at that point, in the early 70s, to make paintings which weren't about other issues, just to stick with his core interests and just tough it out. What's amazing about his work, when it is great, is it's intelligent picture making, which is as sophisticated as anything else. It's about a kind of idea of looking back at through the structure of interior spaces within painting and re-thinking it and coming up with a new version of it. I think that's what's tough and slightly perverse."
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.