Scobie writes that "the abbreviated brushstrokes [Diamond's] now using create gestural markings and simplified imagery, leaping from the austere though under-painted Pentimento to the linear brevity used to playfully depict weather in Blue 1. A platform built of flat marks provides a pedestal for the enigmatic figures of Philosophe... This show represents the efflorescence of an artist who has always been passionate about paint, interested in brush stoke, color, image."
John Yau visits the studio of painter Joanne Greenbaum and looks at Greenbaum's other body of work - ceramics - and the relationship between the two modes of working.
Yau writes: "The layering and structuring going on in Greenbaum's current paintings are swayed by her exploration of ceramics. I see her interest in glazes, and her impulse to use them in unconventional ways. This influences her palette, leading her to juxtapositions of different groupings of color within the same painting. At the same time... the ceramics are not a subsidiary of the paintings - they stand on their own. In their folds and bends, and in the way the different colored glazes might run down uneven surfaces, something particular happens, something that Greenbaum got to happen."
Andy Parkinson blogs about the exhibition Double Vision, curated by Katrina Blannin, at at Lion and Lamb Gallery, London, on view through July 14, 2012.
Parkinson writes that the show's title "alludes to 'notions of double layering in painting, whether material, compositional or theoretical.' It explores binary oppositions like figure/ground, surface/depth, symmetry/asymmetry and chance/system, oppositions that are, in a sense, combined or held together, which in language might be oxymoronic but in painting seems perfectly natural. I wonder if we might even say that holding together opposites and exploiting ambiguities in relation to them is what abstract painting does best."
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.