Brenda Goodman, Untitled A1, 2012, oil on wood, 72 x 72 inches (courtesy of the artist and John Davis Gallery)
John Seed interviews painter Brenda Goodman on the occasion of an exhibition of new paintings at John Davis Gallery, Hudson, New York, on view from July 19 - August 12, 2012.
Seed writes: "Goodman, who has painted for over 50 years, surrenders to the act of painting itself, and lets the emotions -- however difficult they may be -- bloom directly from her unconscious. Her work is never precious, since she observes that it is often the 'precious area that's keeping the painting from being finished.' Over the years she has learned to trust that balance and resolution will indeed appear if you let them. 'Through the years I've gone from taking days or weeks to let something go... to minutes,' Goodman notes. 'To me, this is one of the most spiritual acts of painting.' "
Zachary Keeting and Christopher Joy visit the studio of painter Benjamin La Rocco to discuss his work and studio practice.
La Rocco remarks: "I always want to surprise myself with what I make which is why there is so much variability. I always want to do that. It gets harder to do because you get more and more used to what you do... it's more just being willing to move paint around, move form around, and wait - and even be very disappointed in what I'm seeing, specifically being disappointed in what I'm seeing and feeling like I'm failing until something finally begins to come out of it."
John Seed tells the story of a drawing he once owned by Philip Guston. The drawing "Mazurki" was named after a poem by Bill Berkson. Via email Seed discusses the enigmatic drawing and the objects depicted with Berkson. "...some are generic Guston objects, but some objects in the generic-Guston modes of meta-object -- object that could be one thing and another."
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