Thomas Nozkowski: Studio View (screen capture from Gorky's Granddaughter, courtesy of the artist)
Zachary Keeting and Christopher Joy visit the studio of painter Thomas Nozkowski.
As well as sharing a look at his works in progress, Nozkowski shares his thoughts on painting. He remarks: "I… believe that if you can imagine a problem, something to make a painting of, you can also imagine a solution. So whatever the original source is for a painting, I try to stay true to that until the end of the painting. I don't give up in the middle and say 'Gee this would be much better turned upside down' and turn it into some other subject. So the subjects stay there as a touchstone that you can go always back to and reexamine for more information to make the paintings out of."
John Yau considers the work of Thomas Nozkowski on the occasion of the exhibition New Editions and Related Drawings at Senior & Shopmaker Gallery, New York, on view through June 16.
Yau writes: "if [Nozkowski] likes a motif in a painting that he's working on, but knows it has to go, he will move it onto a work on paper. One work leads to another, eventually forming a maze of motifs. One could say this maze is a fairly accurate reflection of Nozkowski's view of life. At the heart of Nozkowski's practice is improvisation, a willingness to take something (anything) and do something else to it. He seems to have been one of the few of his generation to understand Jasper Johns's declaration: 'Take an object. Do something to it. Do something else to it. Do something else to it, etc.' "
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