Glad I went to see the O’Keefe show at NCMA because I discovered they’ve also got a huge piece from Elias Sime’s show at James Cohan in 2015 (Tightrope 9)- it’s pretty spectacular if you haven’t seen it yet. The composition is clearly non-representational- abstract if you will- but his use of computer parts (and the social and cultural context for the acquisition of the materials) clearly carries a rich depth of content. Even more interesting to me was the conceptual bent he shared with O’Keefe and they both shared with their subject matter- the materials they make work about and from have a visceral attraction for both that comes through loud and clear. Check out his bio for more of this type of color on this amazing artist.
I first encountered Fran’s work while Tumblr’ing, please check out her online gallery. I find these to be almost narrative- they impact me kind of like Lichtenstein’s brushstrokes which I always saw as comic book hero versions of brushstrokes being… well. Anyway, they all seem to tell a sort of story.
Ran across this artist because I follow the tag #hardedgepainting on Instagram*, and was not surprised to find we like a lot of the same color field painters. I encourage you to visit his website and peep some of the videos that shows the work over time. *He also has an Instagram feed.
I ran across Cole’s “199” recently on Tumblr, those of you from Raleigh (like me) may have seen his installation at the CAM in ’12. His recent work includes paintings, works on paper and public Art. I definitely find myself drawn to the planned randomness of these, as well as the early modernist pallet which doesn’t feel derivative so much as aware.
A friend turned me on to Erin’s feed on Instagram. She’s making photographs btw- if you thought they were paintings, you are into her subject matter. The use of these tensions is well planned, and she also deals deftly with compositional issues.
Great write up on Stanley with the context of the current show he has up in NYC by, no surprise, John Yau over at Hyperallergic. I literally can’t add anything other than I have wanted to lick every one of these I’ve ever seen in person.
Tumblr continues to produce- Joanne makes paintings, sculpture and books of her work. She has shows coming up next year in LA and NY.
Isensee is an NC-born painter who has been making work since 80’s Neo-Geo almost ruined abstract painting, and to my eye is committed to formalism (his work is too insistent on being seen to be a sign for some conceptual agenda). Yet another artist I ran across while Tumblr’ing, he shows with Danese Corey. Looking forward to what’s coming based on the works on paper he’s been posting on his Instagram feed.
Ran across a piece by this Chicago artist while Tumblr’ing. He has a show up right now in Portland, as well as an Instagram feed that has a video of one of these assemblages up close.
This one is a #TBT… I got the chance to see this show about 2 years ago when the family was in New Orleans. One of the most interesting exhibits I’ve ever seen, NOMA showed Scully’s work right alongside some Japanese prints, similar to the types which directly influence her work. Check out her website but most importantly, if you ever can, see some in the reals!
In his bio Brody lists “Painter” first, however I was drawn to his works on paper- I’d encourage you to check out his works on canvas, too. He also makes film (this one in particular caught my eye- it is not “retro” stylistically btw, it hails from ’89). In addition he writes about other work he likes.
I have had a Pinterest board of work by Mr Dodge for a while but only got to see this LA-based artist for the first time this summer at the Knoxville Museum of Art. It was interesting recently to listen to this interview and read a synopsis of his most recent show and find we have similar interests- something I don’t always find with painters to which I am drawn.
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BTW, “yes,” the title of this blog is a reference to Arthur Danto’s collection of essays “After The End of Art.” This book had a good bit of influence on me in grad school around the time I decided to take some time away – I accept the primary theses that Art has no where left it has to go as a mission or project of westernized culture. If there’s nothing left we have to do as part of some grand, arcing historical narrative, we should do what we love and let the future worry about what we did that was of historical value. Personally, I’d rather be a cool ancestor than a loyal descendant.
Hyperallergic is another recent find for me- as is Marcia (apparently as you’ll read in this article, I’m not alone). I am not usually drawn to minimalism for its own sake, either visually over intellectually, but these caught my attention. It was interesting to find out after questioning the initial attraction that one of my biggest inspirations, Robert Irwin, was one of Hafif’s instructors at one point. I hope I get to run across these at some point. While I certainly enjoy a good bit of painting that considers itself conceptual, I tend to be drawn to work that is primarily concerned with formal investigation, which is of course a concept in itself. I think the key distinction is that the impetus of the type of work to which I’m referring points to itself in the end (as the writer puts it, “they offer complex visual, intellectual, and emotional experiences.”). I would encourage the reader to also Google for images of other paintings made by Hafif, she certainly explored several ways of creating these experiences.
Not sure how I ran across Widewalls but I appreciate how they have enriched my RSS feed. A recent discovery there is Matthieu Venot, a French musician turned photographer. His photos remind me of Dibenkorn’s obsession with the light in the Bay Area (except Matthieu lives in Brest). His attention to the moment shows there is always #abstractionallaroundus.