Ward Schumaker, Blue Dot, collage, 10 x 6 inches, 2012 (courtesy of the artist)
Valerie Brennan interviews painter Ward Schumaker about his work and studio practice.
Schumaker remarks: "I like to work on a very defined, consistent group... then follow that with a group of things that veer wildly in different directions... Most important and most uncomfortable is that once a direction is decided upon, I have to be willing to drop it when that Other Thing takes over - intuition, divine guidance, whatever you call it - that thing that almost everyone I respect seeks: the moment when one feels he/she is not in control, that something separate or higher or deeper or more knowledged has taken over."
Julie Torres discusses the paintings in her exhibition Ghost in the Machine at Storefront Bushwick, on view through August 5, 2012.
Of her process Torres comments: "I sort of bang my head against the wall for hours and weeks and months until something happens and when the thing happens, it's bigger than me… it's a joy. I do feel like friction is a big part of what makes something work, and if there isn't any friction, if it comes too easily then there must be something wrong. but then of course there are those magical paintings that just happen. The title painting, Ghost in the Machine is a painting that just happened immediately… so I guess there are no rules to doing this." She continues: "everything is action, I'm not anticipating any moves - I'm just moving."
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.