Two Coats of Paint Resident Artist: Nancy Evans

Contributed by Mary Jones / Veteran Los Angeles artist Nancy Evans is bringing an installation of sculpture, painting and works on paper to Two Coats of Paint during her artist’s residency, which takes place from September 30 through October 6.  Acclaimed for her original, independent vision, Evans combines a homespun sense of craft with a visionary’s quest … read more… “Two Coats of Paint Resident Artist: Nancy Evans”

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Studio visit with Barbara Takenaga

Contributed by Leslie Wayne / Barbara Takenaga has been pitting her skill at painting pattern against the physical constraints of materials for years, and her skill has usually won out. For a long time, bodies of work based on the Mandala were her signature motif. She meticulously painted carefully plotted circular patterns with the devotion of … read more… “Studio visit with Barbara Takenaga”

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Interview: Aleksandr Blanar, Justin Polera, and “A Strong Desire”

Contributed by Loren Britton / On the occasion of “A Strong Desire,” a sprawling summer group at PS120 in Berlin that explores sexual identity, the body, and their commodification in capitalist society, Loren Britton interviews curators Aleksandr Blanar and Justin Polera. In the curatorial statement, Christina Gigliotti writes that the exhibition, on view through August 26, “sets out to challenge heteronormativity … read more… “Interview: Aleksandr Blanar, Justin Polera, and “A Strong Desire””

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TEXTING: Julia Schwartz at LA Visitor Welcome Center

Mary Addison Hackett recently caught up with Julia Schwartz on the occasion of Schwartz’s show, “tenderly cradled and lavishly flung” at Los Angeles Visitor Welcome Center, a gallery on W. 7th Street in LA. A few days later they had a frank dialogue through text messaging about family tragedy, the role of biography in understanding an artist’s … read more… “TEXTING: Julia Schwartz at LA Visitor Welcome Center”

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An artist’s story: Patrick Brennan

Contributed by Rob Kaiser-Schatzlein / Earlier this year, painter Patrick Brennan had a show at the artist-run gallery Essex Flowers. The title, “Drifter,” referred to the previous year of his life, when he gave up his studio in Greenpoint to spend time in England, Ohio, and Bahrain. He also made frequent trips to upstate New … read more… “An artist’s story: Patrick Brennan”

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Karin Campbell’s grins and grimaces

Karin Campbell’s glistening paintings of disjointed mouths, eyes, and teeth hide in plain site. Both densely layered and sparse, her recent abstract canvases are cartoonish takes on the line between exposition and concealment. On the occasion of her first solo exhibition, at 106 Green in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, artist Nick Irzyk talked to Campbell about desperate humor, her early performance pieces, … read more… “Karin Campbell’s grins and grimaces”

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Interview: Lesley Dill on her new work, with Leslie Wayne

Contributed by Leslie Wayne / On February 13th, Lesley Dill will open with an installation of new work at Nohra Haime’s new Chelsea Gallery space. The exhibition, entitled, “Wilderness: Words are Where What I Catch is Me” will be Dill’s first solo show with Haime, and it represents an expansion of her abiding interest in … read more… “Interview: Lesley Dill on her new work, with Leslie Wayne”

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Laurie Sverdlove: Unsettled in Vermont

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”

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Effects of chance: A conversation with Emily Berger

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”

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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”

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