Kalm notes that "After nearly forty years of working as a figurative painter, with a background of training at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art, and battling notions of aesthetic good taste with his own weird version of 'bad painting,' the unexpected has happened. Cockrill has begun a series of semi abstract works. Declaring 'I was tired and sick of my own work' the artist begins painting and thinking about classic Modernism, and how he could use it" to move his work in new directions.
Asked about his paintings, in which gestural abstraction and imagery blend together, Berryhill remarks "There's something about the searching for the thing you don't know what it is, the invention part I like, so when I get something in a drawing, I like, to work on it until it feels like a thing."
Joe Heaps Nelson talks to painter Mike Cockrill about his work and career.
Asked about his recent departure from purely illusionistic painting, Cockrill remarks: "I'm just experimenting... it's almost like, I don't know whether it's the work, or the fact that I've changed, but there's a lot of curiosity about this and what am I doing and where am I going, and I don't know. I'm not going to know until I get there. That's the good part, I'm going with an open mind about it... It's always a crisis being an artist. It's one long crisis. But sometimes it's productive."
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.