Matt Jones interviews painter Kadar Brock about his work and practice.
Brock comments: "I don't think about the body in a direct or traditional sense, but... they are very physical paintings. I make them laying on top of them, pushing into them, scraping away at them, sanding them and so on. And I touch them, a lot. I think a lot about paintings as hugs, as points of empathy. This probably sounds very sappy, but it ties into... a sense of reassurance almost, that I hope to give a viewer with the work. And that's a very physical sensation."
Eric Sutphin blogs about the work of Kadar Brock and Matt Jones on view in the exhibition Evil Dead 2 at Horton Gallery, Berlin through March 30, 2012.
Sutphin writes that "Brock cannibalizes old endeavors (his canvases) and sands away layers leaving disjointed fragmentary bits of the paintings former self, revealing a kind of hollowed out other. Jones continues to mine cosmological and spiritual symbols and systems in his voluminous new paintings resembling nebulae or cosmological events. In Jones's Energy paintings, transparent passages of saturated color float in and through deep star-studded space. There is a hyper-activity of forms moving through the field but somehow the cacophony settles into paintings that are expansive and evoke a meditative silence."
John Haber reviews the exhibition "..." featuring paintings by Scott Reeder, Sam Moyer, Kadar Brock, and Matt Jones, recently on view at The Hole, New York.
Haber writes that the artists in the exhibition "are haunted. Not so much by the ghosts of abstraction past, although they will surely haunt the viewer. Who left so many thin traces and dense weaves. Who left several decades of art obsessed with poured paint and spatters, geometry and randomness, excess and absence of color, inscrutable layers and scarred canvas?"
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.