This is the 186th installment of a series in which artists send in a photo and a description of their workspace. In light of COVID-19, we’ve asked participants to reflect on how the pandemic has impacted their studio space and/or if their work process has changed while quarantining. Want to take part? Please submit your studio! Just check out the submission guidelines.
Steven Merahn, Orchard Lake, Michigan
I didn’t make art for decades; I started painting and drawing in the ’70s, but the most recent work in my web portfolio was made in 2001. When COVID-19 hit in NYC, we were living in an apartment in StuyTown; I took over the kitchen table for my day job and my children went to school remotely from one of the bedrooms. We didn’t leave the apartment at all for six weeks; after that, every excursion was planned to the last detail.
Some switch flipped and I started to sketch at night. My wife and children would be decompressing in the living room and I would sit at the kitchen table and obsessively make lines on printer paper. I imagined them in three dimensions but didn’t draw them that way; I didn’t have to.
In June, we went to a house in the midwest for the summer, for some space and relief. When NYC schools went fully remote, we decided to stay; we could always get back if we needed to. I took over the dining room table as my workspace. I turned those lines into things. In my mind, they are eight feet tall and made of steel.
Jean Foos, Governors Island, New York
This photo shows a corner of my studio on Governors Island this past August. In mid-July I was granted a four-month studio residency in an old house on the island. During the prior months of quarantine I had a set-up on my kitchen table to paint small sculptures. With this new opportunity, I wanted to work large. I decided to paint directly on the decrepit plaster walls, knowing they would eventually be repainted and the room returned to its original state. During those first wonderful days of taking the ferry back and forth we all stayed isolated and safe, believing almost no one would ever see the work. Normally during residencies, there are open studios, events, and visitors. The quarantine seclusion offered great freedom. I was inspired by the multitude of surfaces, dragging my brush across broken or smooth plaster, across wooden doors and baseboards. Soon, some of my earlier painting styles burst forth after having been long quashed. The initial painting got complicated with more layers. Due to the circumstances, I took care to document all phases. Now, walls repainted white, I’m back home at the computer — reviewing the sequence of images and reflecting on the development of my installation.
Eleanna Martinou, Athens, Greece
This is the place where I can dream during day or night, in Athens, Greece. My main medium of expression is painting. Especially during the global pandemic, my favorite route remains the journey within me, which, no matter how many times I repeat it, is always different. My research focuses on areas that relate to the concept of the network as labyrinth. Important buildings, routes, elements of contemporary popular culture, galaxies, city personalities and images, city sounds as waveforms, drawings and figures, are linked and presented in collages, grids, networks, and labyrinths.
At this time, I am particularly interested in the connections between people; we are all intertwined. The structure is the same as in brain cells, in computation networks, in aerial photography of metropolises, but also in microscopic images. Everything is rhythmically connected in a flow.
Lebanese art dealer Georges Lotfi, who once helped authorities seize looted antiquities, is now accused of doing his own share of trafficking too.
An exhibition depicts how people have reimagined the medieval period in the centuries since, and how they have revealed their own interests and ideals with each new interpretation.
The Newark Museum of Art Presents Jazz Greats: Classic Photographs from the Bank of America Collection
Photographers Antony Armstrong Jones, Milt Hinton, Chuck Stewart, Barbara Morgan, and more capture a breadth of legendary and local musicians and performance artists. On view through August 21.
During his 84-year life, Liu Shiming helped shape a new Chinese cultural image rooted in the contributions and sacrifices of everyday people.
Playing at several film festivals this late summer, Ana Vaz’s It Is Night in America asks the viewer to take on unusual perspectives.
Art and photographs, publications from the 19th and 20th centuries, manuscripts, posters and more are set to cross the auction block on August 18.
The sealant used for gem-crusted ancient Maya teeth had medicinal properties that prevent tooth infections and decay, according to a new study.
Patrons can listen to a collection of 400 titles at the library and borrow them for up to three weeks.
The Los Angeles-based photographer offers an updated version of the mythologized American cowboy, calling rodeos “the traditional drag of America.”
At its core Line Berg’s Fra Far manifests the anguish of a family whose loved one is convicted of a serious crime.
At first, simply watching people read In Search of Lost Time might seem dull; by the end, you’ll be itching to read or reread it yourself.