Matt Jones, Energy II, 2012, acrylic and urethane on canvas, 71 x 94.5 inches (courtesy Horton Gallery, Berlin))
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."
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."
Asked about his paintings, in which gestural abstraction and imagery blend together, Berryhill remarks "There's something about the searching for the thing you don't know what it is, the invention part I like, so when I get something in a drawing, I like, to work on it until it feels like a thing."
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.