Margrit Lewczuk, Untitled, 53 x 49 inches, 2011 (courtesy of the artist)
Vincent Romaniello photoblogs the exhibition Flight from Nature: The Abstract as Ideal at the National Arts Club, New York, on view through May 31, 2013.
The show features work by Andrea Belag, Paul D'Agostino, Danielle Dimston, Stephen Ellis, Molly Herman, David Hixon, Nicolas Holiber, Catherine Howe, Bill Jensen, Margrit Lewczuk, Riad Miah, John Newman, Fran O'Neill, Jamie Powell, Ben Pritchard, Bill Scott, Stephen Westfall, Karen Wisniewska, and John Zinsser.
Debu Barve interviews painter Andrea Belag about her work and process.
Belag remarks: "My paintings have also been described as a performance, albeit, a very private performance. Most of the paintings are completed in one working session and they are painted in one layer wet into wet paint. Therefore, I need to concentrate fully. It is a rigorous way to work and I often fail and the painting gets destroyed. But I think as I destroy second and third best paintings it pushes me along to make more bold and revealing images."
Jonanthan Goodman reviews the exhibition Fran O'Neill: Recent work at The New York Studio School, on view through October 13, 2012.
Goodman writes: "Fran O’Neill’s fine show... demonstrates how the practice of gestural abstraction can remain very much alive in the hands of someone willing to explore and experiment. While Louise Fishman’s accomplished, historically aware exhibition at Cheim & Read shows us a mature artist committed to the lexicon of the New York School, in O’Neill’s paintings we see the pursuit of an originality that really pushes forward the vocabulary of abstract art. Her backwards glance toward the legacy of mid-20th century painting is transformed into a forward leap into the unknown."
Jensen discusses in depth his the origins of his recent group of triptychs. He remarks: "I think with the physical dimension of the panels, I'm able to more radically change the tone, the darkness, the space, the time in the paintings than I could if it was one single painting. The ones that have only a painted division cannot create as dramatic a change. Physically I’m allowed to make very radical changes with separate panels. And also the drawn elements can go across from one panel to another. There’s lots of freedom you have with these panels—they can be turned around, the starting configuration of the drawing can be changed very quickly just by moving all the panels around."
Valerie Brennan interviews painter Molly Herman about her work and studio practice.
Herman notes that "I tend to create work in series, though not necessarily on purpose – by this I mean, I don’t wake up one day and set out to make a body of work, on 'plant life,' but I actively invite and pursue inspiration by noticing what’s around me/ available. – I 'trust my muse' and I keep working. Then, one day, looking back, I’ll say 'Oh, this appears to make a group of a sort' --It happens organically. Often one series bleeds into another. I try not to worry over this anymore (as I used to) – it's how creativity evolves."
Hyperallergic's Hrag Vartanian's post about painter Margrit Lewczuk's solo exhibition contains great installation photos of the entire show including shots of the phosphorescent paintings and a link to Lewczuk's June 2010 interview with the Brooklyn Rail's Phong Bui.
David Cohen writes about painter Stephen Westfall's work and its influence on his recent curatorial efforts.
Cohen notes "At first [Westfall's] compositions strike the viewer as well-behaved structures of pattern with decorative correlates in the applied arts... But his visual wit goes beyond mere reference to recent abstract art history. A key element in his vocabulary is the disruptive kink he will admit into his patterning that sets it off kilter; never quite subverting the flatness of the picture plane, he nonetheless allows a breeze or ripple to run across the composition."
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.