Leigh Markopoulos recaps Painting Expanded a symposium on the contemporary painting practice at California College of the Arts, San Francisco, April 13, 2013. Speakers and guests included Tom La Duke, Mary Weatherford, Keltie Ferris, Dushko Petrovich, John Zurier, and Mary Heilmann among others.
Markopoulos writes that the participants "addressed neither the specter of Rosalind Krauss invoked by the title of the day’s proceedings nor the legitimation of painting after the advent of conceptualism, paving the way instead for an exemplary range of perspectives linking painting to both life and art... the multiplicity of perspectives and practices presented argued that painting can participate in a broader discussion about art while expanding its discipline-specific history and repertoire. Acknowledging certain nagging doubts and situating them within a bigger artistic project does add up to something and can create a space—somewhere between canvas and viewer—that affords specific experiences and encounters. A painter’s agency, then, could lie in inhabiting these doubts, in multiplying and amplifying them to productive ends. It would seem also that surrendering to a process, a series of marks, or a technical exploration can constitute a valid artistic practice, one that takes a long-term approach, comprises repetition and variation, develops gradually, and aims at a greater embedment in the world through materials and work. What emerged ultimately was an exciting, richly hued portrait of a field open to possibility."
Zachary Keeting and Christopher Joy visit painter Dushko Petrovich's studio to talk about his work and process.
Describing his paintings of flowers, Petrovich remarks: "I was wondering about why we make a painting at all, why you would have an object, why you would represent an object… flowers struck me as the quintessential object, quintessential thing you would stick in a painting… my first answers were… color, some kind of notion of making something that's attractive, but permanent in some way, more permanent than the object that was depicted..." He also notes that "there's a question about what is an object what is an image and can you embed two things somehow. I always go right in for the in-between thing..."
Rachel Wetzler interviews artists Munro Galloway and Dushko Petrovich about their recent exhibition You Must Change Your Life at artist-run Soloway Gallery in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The two artists discuss their work in relation to text and literature as well as the challenges and freedoms of curating, publishing (Petrovich is co-founder and editor of Paper Monument), and running a gallery (Galloway is a co-founder and director at Soloway) while working as artists.
Petrovich remarks "One through-line that comes out in the work, the reader, the release, along with Soloway and Paper Monument is this: we are both interested in texts in writing, in language - we just to shift these things around a bit, not with any overall agenda, but variously out of curiosity, impatience, a desire to actually communicate with people."
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