Kristina Lee, Night Fight, oil on canvas, 40 x 42 inches (courtesy of the artist)
Valerie Brennan interviews painter Kristina Lee about her work.
Lee notes: "I have an archive of screenshots from action movies and YouTube clips that I was referring to a lot in the past. The images are of women engaged in physical and violent acts like wrestling, boxing, and 'girl-fights.' Watching video and looking at video stills allowed me to focus on specific actions that represent the kind of movement I’m interested in, which is very physical, yet choreographed and graceful... The process in making the paintings is very layered. I start with a ground color that typically gets covered in the end, but it gives me a starting point and something to work off. Everything from then on is a series of reactions."
James Kalm visits an exhibition of paintings by Devin Powers at Lesley Heller Workspace, New York, on view through November 25, 2012.
Kalm writes that "Devin Powers makes pictures that vibrate with subtle colors and painterly incident Practicing an abstract approach that develops out of crystalline structure and fractal repeated pattern, these paintings maintain a handmade feel while evolving from an austere geometric format with strong linear vectors."
Asked about her three-dimensional "tent" paintings Berg comments: "My tent-paintings arose from a curiosity wondering what a painting looked like broken open, its interior structures and materials exposed. All two-dimensional work indulges in illusionism to some degree, but the tents allow me to get line and color off the wall and into corporeal space. They’re made of all the same stuff as a regular painting—canvas, wood, staples, hardware, paint—but all remain determindly visible. To me the fun is in knowing; if the wonder’s gone when the truth is shown, there was never any wonder in the first place. In brutalizing and exposing the material structures of painting, I think the wonder remains, and that’s encouraging."
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