Archive for May, 2010

Jacob Goble – Studio Visit – May 25th, 2010

Jacob Goble – Studio Visit – Tuesday May 25th, Brooklyn, NY

Studio Fuse is pleased to announce a group visit and discussion with artist Jacob Goble.

"I have Shoulders", "Beebox (near)"

Rachael Wren

Book- in progress

Meghan Petras, Susie Hwang, "Bertha's Christmas Vision"

Jacob Goble

Jacob Goble is a painter whose current work rotates between painting, sketching, taking source photos and producing a book of geometric drawings. While many of his paintings use a photographic reference as source material, he also works from direct observation, memory and imagination, sometimes employing all the techniques together. In non-adherence with his sources, Jacob edits and fills in detail, building relationships, emphasis, composition and color based on his own preferences and memory of his subject.  Currently, Jacob is  working on a book of transmutative geometric shapes, a project started as a challenge to find incarnations of non-repeating forms. Each page starts with a grid of simple arches or triangles, and each shape on the grid becomes more graphically complex as it is “read” left to right and top to bottom.

One of the challenges Jacob faces in his work is the apparent separation between his drawing practice and his painting. This is an issue for many painters who enjoy different modes of working. Some of Jacob’s recent paintings attempt to bridge this gap, such as an oil painting of an open drawing book and another painting which depicts a triangular shape like those used in his sketch books. While these paintings employ forms similar to those in the drawings, they seem less a meshing of ideas and more like portraits of the sketchbook or symbol.

Jacob’s work often abuts figuration in incongruous ways. His paintings of inanimate objects , alone or in groups, serve more as portraiture than as still life. In his images of people, there is a level of removal from the figuration. As in Bertha’s Christmas Vision, the subjects are not actual people, but a weathered plastic nativity scene. As another example, the painting of the girl in the fur hat seems like both a jab and a nod to Alex Katz in its simplification and stylization.

Participants discussed the stillness of the paintings relating them to fleeting time. Many of Jacob’s paintings seem to be images of objects or groups of objects that exist together only in a finite instance.

Looking at the paintings entitled I Have Shoulders and Bee Box, the group considered Jacob’s decision making in terms of composition and manner and discussed how these aspects may relate to other painters and to minimalist tropes like the grid and stack.

-Amanda Lechner


grid and stack.

Fairfield Porter

Luc Tuymans

Fernand Leger


Alex Katz interview

Joe Gould

Giorgio Morandi

Stephen Mueller

David Macaulay

Bee Box

Dictionary of Symbols

"Pumpkin" 20x22" oil on canvas 2009


Suggested Reading: Celebrate the Tate Modern and BP sponsorship with oil and dead fish

(From Rachel):I haven’t seen this reported a lot in the news and thought I’d share.

BP oil spill: Tate complicit

On Saturday 15th May, the Tate Modern gallery was forced to close down part of its 10th anniversary exhibition due to dozens of dead fish and oil-soaked birds attached to huge black balloons let loose in the Turbine Hall.

Art activists from the group Liberate Tate released the fish and birds, which filled the ceiling of the Turbine Hall. Tate staff could not remove them all before the evening celebrations, which meant some of the rotting fish remained reminding visitors of BP’s oil spill, which amounts to around 5,000 barrels of oil a day, according to official estimates. However, some scientists say the spill could be as much as 100,000 barrels a day and BP claims there is no way to accurately measure the spill.

Liberate Tate is a growing network of people demanding that the Tate drops its sponsorship deal with BP. They distributed a communiqué throughout the 10th anniversary events promising further actions to free art from oil.

Studio Fuse on Tour: Recent studio visits in Provincetown, MA

April 18th, 2010 we had the opportunity to make three quick studio visits in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Taylor Baldwin is in his final weeks of his second year as a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Province Town. Taylor’s sculptures, drawings and installations bring together disparate imagery from natural history, the everyday, and the fantastic to form new sometimes impossible relationships between the constructed objects and ideas. He is now preparing for a residency at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha.

Taylor Baldwin

"i ain't afraid of no ghosts" image courtesy of Taylor Baldwin

Matt Bollinger is also a FAWC fellow. Matt’s work often reconstructs memory and other abstracted narratives through drawing and painting.  Most of his current pieces of work are large or near life scale graphite drawings with surprising levels of surface texture and gesture.

"Screen Door" image courtesy of Matt Bollinger

Matt Bollinger

Meghan Gordon is a FAWC alumni currently working in Provincetown. Meghan’s recent sculptures and drawings replicate objects of historical-narrative value, translating them part-by-part in new materials and presenting them in new contexts. She Recently finished a residency at the MacDowell Colony where she began some of the work that is in-progress in her studio.

"Replacement Wood-Burning Stove for Edwin Dickinson’s Studio" image courtesy of Meghan Gordon

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