Archive for October, 2010

Elizabeth Cooper – Studio Visit – November 3rd, 2010

–Studio Visit–
Date: Wednesday November 3rd, 2010
Location: Queens NY

Yuka Otani


Elizabeth Cooper


Rachel Frank, Ricardo del Pozo



Elizabeth Cooper is the decider. Her abstract oil and enamel canvases incorporate combinations of colors and textures that involve unplanned actions and elements of chance. She achieves a complexity of color and layer through a lengthy process of combining at times incompatible materials, opacities and techniques from manipulated spills to knife and brushwork. Beth contrasts her spills by using shapes, which echo the spill but are intentionally drafted and often embellished by cartoonish highlights or shadows. Within a single painting she combines abstract expressionist and pop painting elements and attitudes. She starts each painting by applying a tinted ground that will remain the background color throughout the execution of subsequent painting actions. Beth explained that while each painting starts with an initial notion and color palette it often changes as she reacts to the painting process.

The group discussed which formal attributes and color relationships were most satisfying. In some paintings color palate and gestures denote an associative or narrative notion but do not go as far as to become representational. Participants seemed to respond to the paintings that were chromatically discordant or that connoted a “narrative” strife.

Must abstract paintings present or refer to content or context, or do they inherently contain within their content and history of abstract as a context? As in many discussions on abstract paintings participants debated whether content and contextual issues seem present in this work and the importance of content issues in abstract painting in general. In some instances the shapes and sizes of Beth’s paintings move toward an associative context. In her “scroll” series painted on long narrow canvases at once evoke a vertical human scale and the long format of traditional ‘Chinese’ scroll paintings. The large piece with a shimmery silver ground and orange and flesh-toned spills and painted protrusions emerging from each side of the canvas and meeting in the center is meant to evoke Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam on the Sistine Chapel ceiling in composition and attitude.

Many of Beth’s paintings are untitled. She feels that titling her work can narrow the works apparent meaning. The group also discussed the use of titling to elucidate or over explain a work. While some participants thought that a work should speak for itself, others preferred a title that can open understanding into the work that may be otherwise difficult to some viewers.

Beth has been involved in a continuous practice in New York since her undergraduate days at Cooper Union and her graduate work at Columbia. During this time she has developed a process and material set in her work that morphs and changes incrementally over time. When asked what is next in her work Beth replied that the continuation of her work is her main focus.

-Amanda Lechner


Asian Scroll Painting

Spills and Stains ala Ingrid Calame

MoMA Panel coming up to attend New Perspectives on Abstract Expressionism: A Young Scholars’ Panel




Satellite Studio Fuse – Audra Wolowiec at Wassaic Project

Audra Wolowiec is in residence this month at Wassiac Project in Wassaic, NY.

A note from Audra:

Wassaic has been a great experience – having a huge amount of space to work and think removed from the pace of the city. It seems everyone participates to create a sense of community – from the CSA farm onsite to open studios to the local general store. The first image is of the barn that houses more than 10 artist studios, a woodshop, silkscreen studio, food project space, auction ring (and more, the barn is an enormous converted 1875 livestock auction house) and the following images are from my studio – text pieces, concrete casts, and plaster stencils experimenting with objects that convey the physicality of sound through language and voice.

The Wassaic Project is an artist-run sustainable, multidisciplinary arts organization that focuses on community engagement and facilitates artists and participants to exhibit, discuss, and connect with art, each other, our unique site, and the surrounding area.

Satellite Studio Fuse – Rachel Frank at Women’s Studio Workshop

Rachel Frank is in residency at Woman’s Studio Workshop focussing on a book endeavor that thematically ties in to her recent performance project.

Note from Rachel:

“So far the Women’s Studio Workshop bookmaking residency has been amazingly productive and I have learned a tremendous amount in the short time I’ve been here so far. I just finished my silkscreen printing and collating of my printed pages for the 57+ edition of books. For the final three weeks I will be hand stitch and tape binding the book signatures and making book cloth covered hardcovers that will each be embossed using the letterpress.

(Pictures include my wonderful studio intern helping me fold each of the signatures before collating, a picture of one of my stitched spines drying in the press, layers of the edition printing, and some images of the silkscreen studio)”

Grants & Fellowships Calendar

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