Christopher Joy and Zachary Keeting visit the studio of painter Tatiana Berg. Berg's work is currently on view in the exhibition Surfaces/Supports at Storefront Bushwick, Brooklyn, on view through December 23, 2012.
Berg's work is described in the press release as "fast, active, and smooth... For Berg, the space of the surface of a painting is 'performative' and her process an energetic jumping back and forth from canvas to canvas." In this interview Berg discusses her new paintings, her "tents," and the relationship between the two modes of working.
Asked about her three-dimensional "tent" paintings Berg comments: "My tent-paintings arose from a curiosity wondering what a painting looked like broken open, its interior structures and materials exposed. All two-dimensional work indulges in illusionism to some degree, but the tents allow me to get line and color off the wall and into corporeal space. They’re made of all the same stuff as a regular painting—canvas, wood, staples, hardware, paint—but all remain determindly visible. To me the fun is in knowing; if the wonder’s gone when the truth is shown, there was never any wonder in the first place. In brutalizing and exposing the material structures of painting, I think the wonder remains, and that’s encouraging."
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