Michael Brennan, Eighth St. Antenor, 20 x 16 inches, oil and wax on canvas, 2012 (courtesy of the artist)
Brent Hallard interviews painter Michael Brennan about the development of his work.
Brennan remarks: "I think a lot about my painting as (an) object, and the size best suited to the natural mark of the knife I use. I'm not interested in projecting to scale up, like Kline, Still, or Motherwell. I don't want to work with a giant tool like Richter or James Nares... Most viewers these days are 'platform agnostic' meaning they are comfortable say watching Lawrence of Arabia on a hand-held device. I am interested in that kind of face-to-face engagement, I believe it holds people’s attention longer. I’m thinking more about the scale of hands and faces rather that bodies per se."
Discussing the documentary in a recent article in NYArts Magazine Collins noted: "I began with a person whom I already knew: Joseph Marioni, a painter perpetuating the High Modernist tradition of his predecessors. Once I talked with him, I came away with many ideas that multiplied. Though De Antonio was already well acquainted with his group of participants, I would be learning about mine for the first time while filming, which is an experience I have come to enjoy. There's nothing like sitting with someone and hearing the story of his or her life firsthand."
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.