Archive for March, 2010

MWCapacity: undercrowded at the University of Central Missouri Gallery of Art & Design, March11-April 10, 2010.  The exhibit is part of the MINT: 3 exhibitions.  3 spaces.  3 ideas. program.  Solo exhibits by Davin Watne and Lisa Iglesias make the other 2 of 3 exhibitions/spaces/ideas.  Participating artists in undercrowded are: Joey Borovicka, Sam King, Kristin Musgnug and Stephanie Pierce.

Sam and I co-curated the MWCapacity 1/3rd of the exhibit, selecting some of our favorite artists making very different paintings and videos with a common subject matter:  unoccupied spaces.  The spaces are man-made, mostly people-friendly, yet there’s no one there.

These paintings (and I apologize that I keep thinking about Sam’s videos as paintings) share the need to make something where there’s nothing, or at least no one around.  What we see are traces of human presence—things that are intended to attract people, messes that people have left behind, things that should have been done, and things that someone is done with, not forgetting of course the artist’s hand and viewer’s eye.  All these somehow made to contain expression, intimacy, contemplation, even narrative and allegory.

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Rock Wall, 2009, 9′ x 7′, oil on canvas

Claire Sherman, it seems, has finally got some free time.  Since I got in touch with Sherman about doing a Q&A for us, she’s come off a solo show at DCKT Gallery, moved to Brooklyn for a residency at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, opened another solo show at Pippy Houldsworth in London and taught an intensive painting course at Oxbow.  And what’s she going to do with that time?  She says she is “looking forward to making some big bad mistakes in the studio, and having time to clean up my own mess,”—which I think needs to be one of the 10 Commandments of painting for all of us from here on out. Read on to see what else she’s thinking about.

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I grew up in Oberlin, Ohio, and it was a wonderful place to grow up – there are always concerts and plays at the college, and the Allen Art Museum is a gem.  I went to the University of Pennsylvania for my BA, and I received my MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005.  I teach painting and drawing at Knox College in Illinois, and am currently on junior leave to be a resident at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation’s Space Program in DUMBO, Brooklyn. (more…)

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You tell us what to do

In the interview Sam conducted with Kristin Musgnug, she suggested a discussion topic—early encounters with art that makes a lasting impression.  We love the idea, Sam’s planning a post on it, and it made me wonder:  does anybody else out there have any topics that they would like to see discussed?

It would be great to get the blog more interactive again.  Sam and I have both gotten busier lately.  We’ve tried to fill the space with some more artist Q&A’s, but really miss the discussions.  I’m personally happy to let the single-artist discussions disappear for the time being.  All the attendant worry about poking the fires to start the discussions, playing devil’s advocate, being a dipshit and hurting feelings, defending sometimes mediocre art against snark and sniping etc. etc. wore me out.

We’ve got one more very exciting interview ready to post.  Then there is a show that Sam and I put together that will have some opportunity for viewers to interact with artists via the blog.  After that, it would really be nice to get going with some discussions again.  We’ve got a few ideas but would love more, so let us know.


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