Paintings by David T. Miller in ALLTOGETHERNOW, organized by Julie Torres at the Coin Locker during Bushwick Open Studios
Katarina Hybenova talks with Julie Torres about the exhibition ALLTOGETHERNOW at the Coin Locker during Bushwick Open Studios. Torres organized the show which brought painters from around the world together for a collaborative exhibition. The exhibition featured work by Brian Cypher, Brian Edmonds, David T. Miller, Ian White Williams, Inga Dalrymple, Julie Alexander, Justine Frischmann, Peter Shear, Stephen Wright, Vincent Hawkins, and Yifat Gat.
Hybenova writes that Torres "invited a dozen artists she has never met in person, but she has been in vivid contact through social media and art blogs. Many of them came from over seas... [and] participated in a collaborative drawing night with the Bushwick artist held at Hyperallergic HQ. The show titled ALLTOGETHERNOW at a pop up location at Starr and Wycoff, The Coin Locker featured all of these works, and certainly belonged to the most interesting shows during BOS2012. The works in the show were beautiful, colorful abstract paintings that furthermore reflected the energy and friendship, pure joy of being and creating together in Bushwick…"
Valerie Brennan interviews Brooklyn painter Julie Torres about her work and process.
"These days I mostly work on the floor, with acrylic on paper. I make a huge mess and try not to edit anything I do as I do it. If I have a good idea, I usually don't know about it till after it's done and on the paper. After a full day, I look back over everything and usually I can find a few good ones in there. Sometimes not. I eventually paint over the bad ones. I love working on paper because it allows me to burn through tons of paintings and follow my impulses. I love to be fast, loose, open and reckless. Painting is the only place I know how do that."
Valerie Brennan interviews painter Brian Cypher about his work and studio practice.
Cypher notes: "On an existential level, it really begins with the impulse to create… the wanting of ideas to be actualized; to see that energy manifest into physical form... In terms of what I do physically, it's all about making marks that echo my thought processes. It's a constant reiterative dance between the idealized and the actual. Some ideas have natural endpoints, where others could stay in a state of perpetual revision."
Cypher's work will be included in the group exhibition All Together Now, curated by Julie Torres at The Coin Locker, on view June 1-3, 2012 as part of the Bushwick Open Studios. Work from the exhibition can be previewed at curatingcontemporary.com.
Video studio visit with painter Vincent Hawkins where he discusses his recent works on "cardboard and oval-shaped supports." Hawkins notes his interest in "releasing some of the forms out of the constriction of the edge and trying to release it into the environment rather than containing it within the edge of the format of the the rectilinear surface… I also wanted to make something of very meager means..."
Interview with painter Inga Dalrymple. Dalrymple discusses her studio practice and influences: "I don’t set out to paint something with an end game in mind. I regularly destroy paintings (by which I mean either scraping back, if I'm using oils, or repainting if I’m using acrylic) not because I don’t always like the results, but because I like how this services the painting. It's also a liberating way to work because then I don’t feel beholden to the original intention."
"I think a lot about graffiti and the way that the layering of spray paint over markers or posters or whatever creates a riot of mess but somehow, if you look closely, there can be a dazzling little discord going on..."
On the painting process Alexander notes that "The big angst is the falling in and out of love along the way. I will fall in love with a color combination layered just so or the way the edges are happening or a texture and t hen I think the painting is done. I'm elated and then some time passes, a day, a week and I can't understand why I thought the painting was any good. So I paint some more, fall in love again and most likely repeat the same elation and humiliation/defeat. It’s such a crazy ride."
Valerie Brennan interviews painter Peter Shear about his work and process.
Shear remarks that "Sometimes images are allowed to evolve organically but more often I'll paint everything out that isn’t working. The discarded image is still there; the memory is still there influencing the painting but it informs indirectly... It’s become increasingly important to leave behind an image to which no concrete meaning can be attached, only possibility."
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.