Steven Cox interviews painter Jeffrey Kessel, whose work is on view at Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York, through December 23, 2012.
Kessel comments: "Despite the unrestrained spontaneity of my studio practice, the paintings can often be fairly tight and structured. It's true; I work intuitively and never plan paintings out in advance. I also work fast, its very physical. I'll wipe out or cover up a painting on a whim. I don't like to tinker. They stay fresh this way, it keeps them from closing in and they have energy because of it. But I wouldn't describe it as expression. Somehow they’re more pointed than that, representative of labor and physical materiality... I’m not sure a broad painterly vocabulary is necessarily important in itself. Within a body of work or a single painting the language need not be varied or complex, as long as it’s explicit."
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.