Meier writes: "Despite the loss that preceded it, the tone of the exhibition at Show Room is one of exuberance, with an engaging playfulness with materials and techniques. ... To say that the materials in the collage are eclectic is an understatement. Drawings of things like viking ships and tiny houses that could have been done by a child are juxtaposed beneath gouache and watercolor with envelopes, handprints, maps, newspapers from France, and pages and image from art and natural history. Bui used both his right and left hands to create the collage paintings, and there is a balance in their chaos and form. "
Kalm notes that "Bui is well known as an art writer, publisher of the controversial Brooklyn Rail, educator, and art world personality. He is equally respected among the artist's community as a masterful installation designer and collagist. Due to a flood in his studio earlier this Spring, Bui lost about twenty percent of his work from the last twenty-five years. This show features pictures inspired by his work with the Brooklyn Rail, and his childhood adoration of Saint Exupéry's Night Flight and Little Prince. Tragically, when Hurricane Sandy hit the next day, Bui's low laying studio, near the East River in Greenpoint Brooklyn, was totally flooded, costing him all but a few salvageable works."
Brooklyn Rail editor Phong Bui's fascinating interview with artist Joe Zucker about his life and career. Bui and Zucker discuss basketball, Zucker's wide ranging artistic influences from Francis Bacon to Morandi, art school in Chicago, collage, the craft of mosaic, Renaissance painting, Cezanne, and Steven Hawking.
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.