Chuck Webster, studio view (photo: Brask Art Blog)
Photoblog studio visit with painter Chuck Webster, showing works in progress related to the current exhibition Chuck Webster: Paintings at ZieherSmith, on view through May 25, 2012.
The gallery notes that Webster's new paintings "Further deviating from previous paintings which were each an idiosyncratic image often on a smaller panel, the final surface on this body of work is a skittering, plangent line, with a consistent language throughout the group of mostly large scale paintings. Lending immediacy to the lush texture of the under painting's countless layers, these looser, brushy contours alternately resemble the ancient footprints of excavated villages and a contemporary cartoon aesthetic reminiscent of Phillip Guston, Carroll Dunham or Jonathan Lasker."
Simek writes: "Bess's work is powerful in its preciousness - aching with an intensity and fervor of ideas that, even for its size, challenges the monolithic works by his AB EX contemporaries at the mid-century,when most of his works on view here were made. Certainly, because of their scale, and the crude handmade frames, Bess's work immediately reads in an intimate, spiritually-leaded way."
Zachary Keeting and Christopher Joy visit the studio of painter Benjamin La Rocco to discuss his work and studio practice.
La Rocco remarks: "I always want to surprise myself with what I make which is why there is so much variability. I always want to do that. It gets harder to do because you get more and more used to what you do... it's more just being willing to move paint around, move form around, and wait - and even be very disappointed in what I'm seeing, specifically being disappointed in what I'm seeing and feeling like I'm failing until something finally begins to come out of it."
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.