Thank you to this month’s sponsors

I’d like to take a minute to thank Two Coats of Paint’s April sponsors. These organizations, individuals, and companies are committed to supporting online arts writing, so be sure to show them some love.  (Image above: Two Coats of Paint’s new Seattle artist pals Sharon Arnold and Ryan Molenkamp, who took me to Smarty Pants … read more… “Thank you to this month’s sponsors”

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New Bushwick HQ for Two Coats of Paint, Guest Gallerist this Saturday

Tomorrow I’m moving to a new studio in one of Bushwick’s older artists’ buildings.The space features a beautiful view to the east, convenient location near the L train, two big white walls, a sink, plenty of windows, heat and AC, and a freight elevator steps away. What more could a painter want? Also, keep in … read more… “New Bushwick HQ for Two Coats of Paint, Guest Gallerist this Saturday”

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At the University of Washington: Travis Davis Smith and Andrew Dadson

The University of Washington runs the biggest art program in Seattle, and when I was out there last week, first-year MFA student Travis Davis Smith picked me up at the airport and took me to the MFA studios, which are housed in an old navy base. Smith is working on small-scale sculptures created by arranging … read more… “At the University of Washington: Travis Davis Smith and Andrew Dadson”

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A few of Philip Guston’s letters to Varujan Boghosian

I’m interrupting my Seattle coverage to present some images of the excellent letters on display at Lori Bookstein through Saturday. For ten years, Guston and Boghosian exchanged handwritten letters that touched on everything from their financial difficulties, medical updates and family stories to progress reports  about their work, anxiety over upcoming exhibitions, elation over good … read more… “A few of Philip Guston’s letters to Varujan Boghosian”

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Seattle studio visit: Robert Hardgrave and friends

Working intuitively and responding to the process as it unfolds, Robert Hardgrave tries to stay out of the way and let the paintings make themselves. After a kidney transplant in 2003, his work, which fuses mysticism, Inuit iconography, surrealism, and abstraction, began to reveal insights about life, death, and the richness of everything in between. … read more… “Seattle studio visit: Robert Hardgrave and friends”

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Seattle studio visit: Cable Griffith

Cable Griffith, the Gallery Director at Cornish College of the Arts, paints peculiar worlds, full of familiar elements such as trees, lakes, hills, and skies stacked in odd, architectural structures that recall Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Tower of Babel. Rounded Guston-esque forms combined with hard-edge geometry, cryptographic linework, and precise color mixing create images of … read more… “Seattle studio visit: Cable Griffith”

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Seattle Report: Studio visit with Robert Yoder

Last week I flew out to Seattle where I saw “SQUEEZE HARD (Hold that Thought),” a two-person show I’m in at SEASON, Robert Yoder’s home-based gallery near UDub, and to participate in a discussion about arts writing at Cornish College of the Arts that was organized by Cable Griffith. I visited several artists studios, and … read more… “Seattle Report: Studio visit with Robert Yoder”

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STUDIO VISIT: 52 O Street

If I were going to get a studio space in DC, I’d get one at 52 O Street, where I went to Open Studios this past weekend. The place reminds me of a sewing factory (now converted to fancy retail) on the Chinatown/Little Italy border where I lived when I first moved to New York. … read more… “STUDIO VISIT: 52 O Street”

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IMAGES: Michele Araujo @ Studio 10

In 2010 I visited Michele Araujo‘s DUMBO studio, where she was working on several promising new paintings. Known for piercingly bright acrylic colors and the use of small collage elements that neither blend with the well-worked surfaces nor cleanly separate themselves from it, Araujo has discovered a calmer, less high-pitched groove, giving her shapes, strips, … read more… “IMAGES: Michele Araujo @ Studio 10”

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Quick study: Abstract portraits, Instagram, thoughtful review of the show at SEASON, QR Codes in the London subway.

 In Time Out New York, Jackie Saccoccio’s show at Eleven Rivington gets four stars. “Jackie Saccoccio’s latest paintings, titled ‘Portraits,’  have the beauty and menace of an explosion or an oil spill. Bits of pictorial information are both obscured and revealed as layers of pigment accumulate and spread across the surface; drips and fingerlike tendrils … read more… “Quick study: Abstract portraits, Instagram, thoughtful review of the show at SEASON, QR Codes in the London subway.”

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