There are of course many ways to behold any work of art, a fact that is certainly true of the esteemed artist Doris Salcedo's work, which has been widely exhibited and analyzed by art historians, cultural anthropologists, and curators around the globe. While the rich and varied dimensions of her work invite critique and dialogue on many levels, here we take a moment to appreciate her sensibility for composition and form, a place where the details and nuances of craftsmanship in her work are inseparable from its emotional impact and historical significance....read more
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In the summer of 2015, with the help of the talented cinematographer Bill Turnley, we spent several days with Robert Andrew Parker interviewing him in his studio and filming him working on several of his paintings. This summer we will be releasing a short film about Parker which contains rare footage from that unique studio visit.
One of the paintings he was working on was a watercolor inspired by the poem "Concerning the Drowned Girl" by the German poet...read more
"Of course some people say, oh Serge, for an artist to be blind, its such a tragedy… I don’t consider it a great tragedy. I’ve lived a long life, I’m happy to be here and to be alive."
Serge Hollerbach, multi-lingual painter and long time resident of New York City, continues to paint in spite of severe vision loss. Regarding what guides his recent work, Mr. Hollerbach says: "it’s not a physical seeing, it’s the inner seeing... it is actually trying to make sense of...read more
Since beginning to post articles on The Vision and Art website a little over two years ago, we’ve had the opportunity to write about a number of remarkable artists, including most recently Jen Oldknow. Her inner landscapes, created in the tradition of the abstract expressionists, draw on texture, color, tone, and evocative mark-making to depict her inner world of memory and feeling through the medium of paint. In our interview with her, Jen speaks about the kind of fears and desires that many of us encounter in various ways in our own lives and also of how inspiring the work of the...read more
Taken one painting at a time, as I had known his work prior to this summer, the artist Robert Hamilton’s work is if not playful then dark, peopled with eclectic, mythical characters floating in a liquid, dreamy depth of color, graphic, and shape. Surfaces appear haphazard and casual, and paint is applied with an ease bordering on recklessness.
When seen as a whole, however, over time, as I had the opportunity to experience at Studio 53 Gallery in Mid-Coast Maine this past July, an entirely different sophistication emerged, one imbued with clarity, cogency, and a perseverance to be...read more