The characters of novels often know things the reader doesn’t.
Rob Colvin is the editor and publisher of Arts Magazine.
Artists Pick Artists: Clive Hodgson
Clive Hodgson started as an abstract painter, switched to figuration, then turned back to abstraction after his distaste for narrative and object-based painting grew; he found that it was no longer tenable.
Artists Pick Artists: Sherman Sam
“I decided to make abstraction paintings because they were the hardest, and, to me, most interesting thing to do.”
Artists Pick Artists: WIL
The elusive Des Lawrence picked for this series an artist he confessed was “hard to track.” But John Wilkins, who goes by WIL, is an “overlooked genius,” he said.
Text Messages from the Margins
Christian Berst gallery’s inaugural exhibition Do the Write Thing: Read Between the Lines is a wake up call to artists who risk losing their art in search of their career.
Artists Pick Artists: Des Lawrence
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.
Repicturing Black Fatherhood
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.
Flipping the Hierarchy of Needs
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.
Artists Pick Artists: Tom Chamberlain
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.
In Survey of Southern Art, Place Is the Space
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.
Artists Pick Artists: Serban Savu
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.
Artists Pick Artists: Eftihis Patsourakis
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.