Joel Longenecker, Cigar Envy, 40 x 30 inches, oil on linen, 2012 - 2013 (courtesy of the artist)
Valerie Brennan interviews painter Joel Longnecker about his work and process.
Longnecker comments: "I’m after an organic, generative process where one thing slowly leads to another with each piece resolving itself in it’s own way. Working like this makes it impossible for me to duplicate what I’ve already done, keeping the process open and alive. I always start several things at once, but am careful to quickly fold them into the work that is already in progress. In a sense, my work never 'starts' or 'stops,' but instead is more like a continuous loop in which things are cycled in and out. Ultimately, what I want is for the paintings to look like they’ve created themselves, much like a tree, or any other bit of nature, that slowly grew into it’s final form."
Laura Gilbert reviews the exhibition Soutine/Bacon on view at Helly Nahmad Gallery through June 18, 2011. Gilbert writes: "Like a good museum show, it's tightly focused. It pairs paintings by Francis Bacon... with those of Chaim Soutine... whom Bacon considered a 'formative' influence -- a fresh context for both."
Irving Sandler's studio visit with painter Joan Mitchell, Part of the seminal Paints a Picture series, re-printed as part of the ARTnews 110 anniversary.
Sandler witnesses the creation of two paintings by Mitchell, writing: "if nature supplies the raw material, [Mitchell] then sifts it through memory to convert it into the essential matter of her art. But not all remembered scenes are equally significant. There are those fleeting moments, those 'almost supernatural states of soul,' as Baudelaire called them, during which 'the profundity of life is entirely revealed in any scene, however ordinary, that presents itself before one. The scene becomes its symbol.' Miss Mitchell attempts to paint this sign, to re-create both the recalled landscape and the frame of mind she was in originally. Memory, as a storehouse of indelible images, becomes her creative domain."
Painter Geoffrey Dorfman, author/editor of Out of the Picture: Milton Resnick and the New York School and a definitive resource on Resnick, has recently posted an audio recording of Resnick speaking about painting and his work at the Englewood Library in New Jersey on October 13, 1978. The video, like Dorfman's book, can make you feel like Resnick is in the room, or like you are attending one if his lectures.
Dorfman has titled the video There's a Measure Called Recognition after Resnick's opening statement of the recording:
"There's a measure, which is called recognition. There's a measure which is called the foot, the inch, the pound, and there's a measure which is much more strong in your life, which is recognition. You recognize people. You recognize character. You recognize something that frightens you. You recognize qualities which cannot be measured except in this thing within your emotion."
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.