Contributed by Dian Parker / Vermont artist Laurie Sverdlove has been painting for four decades. In high school she took classes at the Art Students League in New York City and earned her MFA from UC Berkeley in California, where she studied with Joan Brown and Elmer Bischoff. After completing her PhD coursework in Russo-Iranian History at the University of Pennsylvania, Sverdlove lived in India for three years, eventually … read more… “Laurie Sverdlove: Unsettled in Vermont”
Contributed by Sharon Butler / Brooklyn painter Emily Berger is a masterful scumbler, dragging brushes of dry paint across panels to create scratchy horizontal bands of color. The wood grain of the panel peeks through, creating a sense of immediacy and improvisation. In her new work, the paint is thinly applied, and I get the sense that there aren’t any second … read more… “Effects of chance: A conversation with Emily Berger”
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”
Contributed by Jon Lutz / This summer I had the good fortune to do a four-week residency at Villa Lena, an international program located in the hills of Tuscany. A small, well-chosen group of very talented writers, actors, photographers, performers, and visual artists was in residence during my stay. Of these, London-based Scarlett Bowman seemed to present work that was most akin to … read more… “Residency in Tuscany: Scarlett Bowman talks with Jon Lutz”
Aicha Woods and Dave Coon have co-curated “Broad Stripes and Bright Stars,” a thoughtful group exhibition on view at the Ely Center of Contemporary Art through August 13 that focuses how artists are using the American flag as image, object, and symbol. Zachary Keeting, artist and co-founder of Gorky’s Granddaughter, sat down with co-curator Aicha Woods to discuss the artist’s role … read more… “Art and politics: “Broad Stripes and Bright Stars” in New Haven”
Cable Griffith, a painter and professor at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, caught up with Peter Scherrer, a 2016 Two Coats of Paint resident artist, to check out Scherrer’s paintings at Salon Refu in Olympia. Both painters work with landscape imagery, and their conversation explored memory, the woods, and the importance of narrative in Scherrer’s new work.
Contributed by Grant Wahlquist / Scooter LaForge is a painter who lives and works in New York City. His current exhibition at Theodore:Art, “Everything is Going to be OK,” features sculptures, works on canvas, and garments incorporating painting. I recently spoke with Scooter regarding the show, his artistic forebears, and his process in the studio.
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”
In Suzanne Joelson‘s confrontational new paintings the conflicting forces of order and disruption animate a lively hash of vinyl photographic banners, paint, patterning, hollow-core wood panels, broken bits of debris, fabrics, geometric sequencing, and idiosyncratic markmaking. On the occasion of her solo show Studio 10 in Bushwick, Joelson met with painter Michele Araujo to talk about … read more… “Suzanne Joelson: How things change”
Contributed by Emil Gombos / Melissa Brown is a painter, printmaker, animator, and performance artist whose practice often centers around “paper ephemera” and the manifestations of luck and chance. Her work has drawn from games such as poker, the lottery, and most recently– for her solo exhibition “Past Present Future” at Magenta Plains – tarot … read more… “Interview: Melissa Brown’s currency”