Drawing by Gary Stephan (photo John Yau, courtesy of the artist)
After visiting painter Gary Stephan's studio, John Yau muses on Stephan's new work.
Yau writes: "Gary Stephan has moved into a place where he is operating without a safety net, where there is no justification or theory that supports what he does, or even the move he makes in a particular work, but there it is, looking back at you. I think that moment where the work reaches a state of otherness is one to be sought after — where you are no longer speaking to it, but it is speaking to you, and you may not even understand what it is saying."
Gary Stephan discusses his work with Zachary Keeting and Christopher Joy.
Stephan comments: "What I want to do is set up a set of parameters that let me to do things and then hopefully get a picture, that at the end, is pretty unexpected… I'll very often go in with a plan. I'll have a vague notion of what's going to happen. It rarely works out that way, so, it's a fool's protection. So, what very often happens is that the thing will take on a life of its own."
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.