Noor Brara interviews painter Rochelle Feinstein about her recently completed series of paintings, on view at On Stellar Rays, New York through May 11, 2014.
Feinstein comments: "The 'Love your work' phrase is something that I'd heard for years, and I think it's still in play. It's one of the most awkward phrases to use because if you're the one saying it—often you're called upon to say something—it's not that it's necessarily insincere, but it's sufficient only for the moment, when you can't think of anything better to say... I was thinking of it coming from a comic book. In a comic book, the bubble is attached to the character speaking—they can't go back on what they said. I think if I used quotes or any other kind of punctuation for the work, it would be suggesting a linguistic structure outside of that particular phrase. It wouldn't be as 'spoken,' and would perhaps signify a kind of assigned meaning, which is exactly what I'm questioning the existence of."
Sharon Butler blogs about painter Claude Viallat and the Supports/Surfaces group in relation to contemporary painting.
Butler remarks that Viallat's work "strikes me as a precursor to the Casualist aesthetic... I find Viallat's relationship to the Casualist abstraction of artists such as Chris Martin, Rochelle Feinstein, Tatiana Berg, and Lauren Luloff fascinating."
Sharon Butler visits Rochelle Feinstein's exhibition, The Estate of Rochelle F. on view at On Stellar Rays through May 1, 2011. In addition to images from of Feinstein's work, Butler excerpts two recent interviews with artist. Feinstein says: "The Estate relies on the depletion of those things already available, including older paintings. Two rules emerged rather quickly. First, to not spend any additional money on this work and to use any and all supplies as 'assets.' Second, to use maximal material and minimal gesture. I hope we get to anarchy and what an oeuvre is later."
Justin Lieberman visits painter Rochelle Feinstein's studio to discuss her recent painting project The Estate of Rochelle F. Lieberman describes Feinstein's work: "hard to decipher. It is full of jokes, yet oddly lacking in punch lines. Unlike that of many of her postmodernist contemporaries, its elusive meaning has consistently deferred any sort of commodification. Alongside a continuous and insistent engagement with the problems of painting, she has produced video as well as sculpture and installation, yet her works are not intertextual pastiche or a pedagogical deconstructive tool. Ironically, they seem to continue the modernist project in spite of itself."
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.