Craig Drennen interviews painter David Humphrey about his work. Humprey's exhibition Blind Handshake is on view at Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta through March 29, 2014.
Humphrey comments: "I’ve worked with this crude binary of ‘Where is it?’ and ‘Who’s in it?’ for many years. Sometimes the location acts as a protagonist and the characters might be passive witnesses. I’m continuing to work with the image of the spectator as protagonist. Often it’ll be as simple as somebody in the picture looking at something, like an overturned cement truck or a closed door... One of the ways I tend to work is to develop an image in search for what it could possibly mean. So while I’m working on it I have trouble summarizing what it’s about or putting it into any kind of context because the process is an occasion to have an adventure... It’s a challenge to craft an open-ended painting situation so that possibilities emerge. Reflecting on the condition of the spectator is broad enough to do that. I guess something I’ve come back to over and over is an attempt to stage intersubjectivity-what happens between people."
Phong Bui interviews painter David Humphrey on the occasion of the upcoming exhibition David Humphrey: New Paintings at Fredericks and Freiser, New York, on view from November 8 – December 22, 2012.
Humphrey comments: "For me, the development of a painting proceeds through a kind of productive disorientation. I make each piece in order to learn something." He continues: "I try to make paintings in collaboration with myself. I can split off aspects of myself: one hand does these big abstract gestures while the other models the small details of a representational image. To me, painting is evidence of a series of contacts; the matter of paint is deposited by touching, stroking, and pouring in psychologically charged ways... A painting can be a choreography of speeds and a compression of different times."
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