Dragged paintings: ​Studio visit with​​ Margie ​​Livingston

Contributed by Debbi Kenote / Staring at a large pin board in Margie Livingston’s Seattle studio, artist Til Will and I observe a collage of quotes, photos and notes. In the top corner there is a photo of a woman dragging a canvas. One word stands out from the notes: shame. I mull this word over as Livingston … read more… “Dragged paintings: ​Studio visit with​​ Margie ​​Livingston”

Studio visit with Kate Liebman

Contributed by Debbi Kenote / “I see myself as a figure painter,”  Kate Liebman tells me as I sit in her Bushwick studio, where the floor is covered with dirty paint tubes and reckless spatter. She walks me through her process and sources, touching on topics like distance, viewer insight, and political responsibility. One of the sources for her recent paintings includes a drawing … read more… “Studio visit with Kate Liebman”

Neon and Narrative: Bushwick Open Studios 2016

Contributed by Debbi Kenote and Tyl Will  / Bushwick Open Studios 2016 erupted with color this year. Saturated gallery walls and odd street happenings drew crowds inside and out. Bogart Street and Johnson Avenue boasted full spectacle, with street installations and performances spilling out of the surrounding buildings. As usual, the yearly crawl featured open … read more… “Neon and Narrative: Bushwick Open Studios 2016”

Sonya Blesofsky: Pursuing past through present

Contributed by Debbi Kenote / A recent decision to focus on the power of narrative has led me to the work of Sonya Blesofsky. Through conversation with the artist and observation of her practice, I’ve discovered a body of work that is both personal and  engaged with contemporary issues. Evoking architectural forms through minimal gesture … read more… “Sonya Blesofsky: Pursuing past through present”

IMAGES: Student work

Since I skipped the art fairs last week, I had time to stop by a few vibrant (but short-run) student exhibitions. Here are images of promising work from “Thru-Line,” the Brooklyn College MFA program show and “Anti-Pro,” the Open Studio event at the New York Studio Residency Program. The BC MFA show, curated by Ambre … read more… “IMAGES: Student work”