In an interview that appeared in The Brooklyn Rail (May 2014), Joyce Robins explained that the title of her early painting “The Vly” (1975) is the Dutch word for swamp.
Tom Nozkowski and Joyce Robins are married, and I have admired the work of both for years. When I asked them to be the first “Beer with a Painter” subjects interviewed jointly as a couple, they were completely game.
The current group show at Canada, Anthropocene, casts a very wide net. The term, which means “new human,” is the name for the current geological period, which began with the transition from hunting-gathering to agriculture, leading to the foundation of formal societies.
In an interview that appeared last month in The Brooklyn Rail, Joyce Robins, while addressing the relationship between abstraction and representation, pointed out: “’Vly’ is a Dutch word for swamp.”