Over the past year or so, I’ve been working on paintings on paper that incorporate drawing. New pieces are becoming denser and more saturated with color. I love working on paper because it retains the nuance of touch in a way canvas doesn’t, especially when drawing with pencil. In her essay Embodied Visions, author Siri Hustvedt talks about mirror neurons that trigger unconscious, empathetic responses in the brain and the body when we look at other people, or even view works of art. “When I think, my body thinks too,” she writes. There are fascinating studies happening in this realm of neuroscience now, revealing a level of richness and complexity that we are just learning about. For painting, the movement, tension, and flow recorded by brush and pencil are unique to the human touch and experience, and that seems like a fruitful place for artist and viewer to meet in this moment.
Open Studio Event
As important as work on paper is to me, canvas is a surface that stands up better to multiple layering and heavier paint application. Just before the holidays, I started a new series of midsized paintings, forming motifs I’ve been developing in drawings over the past few years into binary images. The first few began in a hot frenzy, and I’m excited about where they may lead. I’ll have more to share in an open studio, here in our Berry Street abode on Saturday, 23 March, from 12 noon-5 p.m. All are welcome, and more details to come.
This small painting will be part of the exhibition of small and affordable artworks at Brooklyn Art Cluster from 20-26 October. All the work in the show is 20 in. x 20 in. or smaller, and all of it priced under $700. If you are out and about for the Gowanus Open Studios that weekend, please stop in. The gallery is at 200 6th St. #3E in Gowanus in Brooklyn, just off Third Avenue. Hours are Wednesday and Thursday noon-6 p.m. by appointment, and Friday and Saturday noon-6 p.m.
Also, as part of the Bushwick Open Studios, I’ll be showing the below piece at Space 776, a gallery in Bushwick. Space 776 is at 229 Central Avenue in Brooklyn, and open through Sunday, 30 September, from noon-6 p.m. Please have a look if you are on this annual grand tour of Bushwick art.