Gillian granted her students permission to be in love with the unpopular and unfashionable, to persist in spite of circumstance, to retreat if necessary, and to be boundlessly passionate.
Ben La Rocco
Ben La Rocco is a painter living in Brooklyn.
Outsider Art: Window to the Soul
The Gnostics believed that a demiurge, a being violently hostile to all things spiritual, rules the material world. Its control of things is now nearly absolute.
Different Strokes for Jane, or Ekphrasis on Alexis
Pathetic, just pathetic, to expect
Strangers to know your name I guess
Such is the price of fame
Never Explain: Vilaykorn Sayaphet’s Painted Memories
It’s great to look at something that makes the experience of looking seem more important than the need to explain what you saw. Vilaykorn Sayaphet’s exhibition Latmanikham & Thongsy at English Kills Gallery offers just such an opportunity.
Single Point Perspective: Munk and Me
In Loren Munk’s painting “An Attempted Documentation of Williamsburg, 1981-2008” (2008-2011), I recognized a slice of my own history in a place I had known well. After a lifetime of looking at paintings, this experience was oddly new to me.
Artist Exchange: In Conversation with Craig Olson
Craig Olson’s exhibition Angels and Demons at Play opens today at John Davis Gallery in Hudson, New York. Angels and Demons, along with his October 2012 exhibition at Janet Kurnatowski, signals the shift in Olson’s work away from a more formal abstract painting toward a mercurial approach that hovers between categories and defies explanation.
Artist Exchange: In Conversation with Peter Acheson
This is an essay about communication and exchange between painters. It has to do with developing a shared language, and with exploring the nature and extent of our theoretical basis in painting.