Morris reads from her Abstract Manifesto and recalls what prompted her write a manifesto about abstract painting: "when I came out of school in the 90s, abstraction wasn't very in… that wasn't the sort of gallery style at the moment… people thought I was making these ironic paintings, making fun of abstraction, and I was so puzzled by this reaction… but the paintings were really serious and they weren't spoofs of abstraction and the only real solution to that dilemma was, well, I'm just going to keep making my work and people will figure out it's not a joke…"
Hurst writes that "these four local artists were chosen because they share something in common. In their work we see an exuberance and willingness to go for it. In a city full of art and its accompanying history... it is easy to ignore or be crushed by the weight of what has come before. It is refreshing then to see artists, both young and old who go for the gusto. To make art is to open oneself up to the ability to make mistakes; the four painters on display remind us that it is ok to make things with abandon."
Karen Tauches reviews the exhibition Painters Panting featuring works by David Diao, Craig Drennen, Saul Fletcher, Alex Hubbard, Judy Ledgerwood, Chris Martin, and Jennifer West at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, on view through June 24, 2012.
Tauches writes that "painters are the last great materialists in a world dematerialized by technology; they chose lifetyles which grow more eccentric with every passing year. They are ruled not by electronics, but by the physicality of materials—pigments, canvas, studio spaces, light, images made by hand and body. Either out of stubborn love of this tactical medium or a desire to be at the top of the pyramid, they are terribly dependent upon a class of people who can afford to keep and care for their wonderful, expensive, superfluous, and demanding two-dimensional objects."
Maria Calandra visits the studio of painter Ariel Dill whose exhibition Oscillations is on view at Southfirst Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn through May 27, 2012.
Calandra writes: "Ariel's paintings are lush musings on color, pattern, and, as described in the title of her exhibition, oscillations. She arrives at these vibrating medium-sized works both through her vast experimentation in brush stroke and her contrasted pairing of pigments... I saw her repeating single movements with short marks like you might do in a dance in order to gain emphasis of form or interest. These impromptu choreographies of Ariel's gave way to a very engaging series of eight canvases."
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.