Curator Kenise Barnes writes: "The term decoration was largely used pejoratively in art parlance in the 20th century in spite of non-Western cultures rich history of intricate patterning and decoration. In this ever expanding age of information artists are influenced by and able to study many cultural, scientific and historic sources to inform contemporary art making. While minimalist abstract art can often appear cold or mechanistic, the work in this exhibition is obviously handmade, laborious and human. Patterns are slow to produce, echoing traditional handwork and suggesting the passage of time. Often suggestive of fabric, patterns can be a symbolic repository of highly personal or communal experiences."
Brent Hallard interviews painter Gilbert Hsiao. Gilbert Hsiao: Jump & Flow is on view at Minus Space, Brooklyn through June 16, 2012.
Hsiao remarks: "I have never thought in terms of the quantity of information that the eye can hold or that the mind can process. Nor do I want to attack anyone's eye. I think more in terms of ways visual information can be organized with the goal of achieving a perceived experience that is pure and total but at the same time not static. From my earliest forays into abstraction in the early 80s, I was thinking in terms of making a static canvas appear to move, whether in terms of it moving across the surface (on an x and y-axis) or from front to back (on a z-axis). If I create this movement it would result in a viewing experience that would require the observer’s involvement over a period of time, much as the experience of listening to music requires time."
Katarina Hybenova interviews painter Rob de Oude about his work and process.
De Oude remarks: "The patterns [in my paintings] are completely random. That's a funny thing. I work with many opposites, like the perfection of the line combined with the fact that I do it by hand. It seems very mechanical but actually the opposite is true. The decision-making within the painting is something that a lot of times I don’t know and many times I don't have a clue about where I’m going... My technique is very mechanical and repetitive in some ways, but the decision making is very random; the sense of color as well. A lot of times the color choices are based on what I’m seeing and how I’m responding to that."
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.