Louise Fishman, Crossing the Rubicon, 2012, oil on linen 66 x 57 inches (courtesy of Cheim & Read)
Steven Alexander visits the exhibition Louise Fishman at Cheim & Read, New York, on view through October 27, 2012.
Alexander writes that Fishman's "new work, which grew in part out of a recent residency in Venice, presents a focused palette of blues and greens and pinks, ostensibly inspired by her strolls around the waterways taking photographs and soaking up the history. But there is nothing soft and nostalgic in these paintings. Each work presents the evidence of a direct physical encounter between the artist and her medium, with Fishman's trademark rawness ever present."
Fishman remarks: "Contrary to what a lot of people think, being a painter, making paintings, continues to evolve. I really believe that, or I wouldn’t be doing it... If I couldn’t introduce new experiences, materials, ideas into my work, I would be bored and there would be no reason for me to continue. One thing I will not do is make paintings that don’t teach me something. I often destroy something—not destroy it and throw it away, but scrape it down or repaint it or something, unless it really does something that’s like, 'Oh!' and teaches me something... I want to be alive, to have a really alive experience of working."
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