Rob Colvin

Interviews

Artists Pick Artists: Des Lawrence

by Rob Colvin on November 25, 2014

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I crossed my fingers and wrote as persuasively as I could when asking Des Lawrence for an interview. The artist Tom Chamberlain, who picked him, warned me, “there’s a possibility he might refuse; it’s hard, but worth it, getting him to talk about his work.” Indeed, there is nothing on the internet written or said by him. I know of nothing in print.

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Books

Repicturing Black Fatherhood

by Rob Colvin on November 20, 2014

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I overheard a man suggest to another that Father’s Day be renamed. For him, and for so many other black men he knew, there was or is no biological father to celebrate the holiday with.

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Galleries

Flipping the Hierarchy of Needs

by Rob Colvin on November 5, 2014

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What does the work of Will Cotton, Mary Mattingly, and Stephanie Imbeau have in common? Not much, I figured, when taking the G train to Long Island City, where Dorsky Gallery is hosting Homeland [In]Security: Vanishing Dreams.

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Interviews

Artists Pick Artists: Tom Chamberlain

by Rob Colvin on September 18, 2014

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All paintings have their own speed — in execution and in what it takes to read them. Tom Chamberlain makes work that is durational in both its formation (or erasure) and in the time required to witness its self-disclosure.

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Museums

In Survey of Southern Art, Place Is the Space

by Rob Colvin on September 5, 2014

Hunter Museum visitors explore works by Alicia Henry and Greg Pond

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — Jiha Moon was one of several artists the critic John Yau would like to have seen at the Whitney Biennial this year and didn’t.

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Serban Savu lives in Cluj, Romania and makes his paintings in a former paintbrush factory. His subjects are his surroundings, his people and places, sometimes painted directly or other times invented.

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The art of Eftihis Patsourakis is austere and humane, economic in means and layered in reflection. Cigarette ends, thrift shop paintings, Post-it notes (items only a curious nomad, or archeologist from the future, would find important) become the foundational elements of his work.

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The paintings of Apostolos Georgiou make a break with contemporary painting by possessing a self-styled humor that slips right past how we think about humor itself.

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Any painter who doesn’t find painting difficult should be treated with suspicion. Managing real challenges, as opposed to affected ones, should be the root of an artist’s style, by choice or by consequence. The work of Logan Grider has always struck me as bound up in tensions that are either invited or just endured.

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Interviews

Artists Pick Artists: Carol Szymanski

by Rob Colvin on March 26, 2014

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The art of Carol Szymanski is based in language, bound up in the syntax of human communication, without being reduced to it. And the work is certainly conceptual.

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