Much more to come, stay tuned!

Friday, August 1, 2014

James Amberley on the spirit of the artist and more

Chicago area painter, James Amberley, talks about the works of Claude Lorraine, Claude Monet, Paul Klee and Willem de Kooning. Listen in as he draws parallels through art history and these figures, via the subject of abstraction, the landscape and back again. Also in the talk is insightful commentary on the artist's spirit found throughout these themes. Listen below.

 Claude Lorraine
View of Delphi with a Procession, 1673 oil on canvas, 101.5 x 127 cm/40 x 50 inches
Art Institute of Chicago

 Claude Monet 
On the Bank of the Seine, Bennecourt, 1867 oil on canvas, 81.5 x 100.7cm/32 x 40 inches
Art Institute of Chicago

Paul Klee 
In the Style of Kairouan, Transferred to the Moderate, 1914 Watercolour 12.3 x 19.5 cm/5 x 8 inches
Paul Klee Foundation, Kunstmuseum, Berne

 Willem de Kooning 
Park Rosenberg, 1957 oil on canvas, 207.3 x 182.6 cm/82 x 70 inches
Private collection

James Amberley

Audio talk:

Two works by Amberley:

James Amberley
Jardin Verre, 2014 oil on paper, 20.8 x 20.8/8 x 8 inches

James Amberley
Untitled, 2013 oil on paper, 54.5 x 55.2 cm/21 x 21 inches

Other artists etc. mentioned in the talk:

Aldous Huxley
John R. Martin
Marcel Duchamp
Wassily Kandinsky
Kazimir Malevich
Robert Delaunay
George Inness
 Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot


Monday, July 21, 2014

Clair Graubner and Judith Farr on collaboration

Painting in Parallel. 

It's the name given to the ongoing painting "conversations" between Clair Graubner and Judith Farr. Though both painters are of English descent, they now reside in different countries. Painting in Parallel is managed via their tumblr blog, and through facebook. 

Listen below as they share their stories detailing the value on the inspiration and support experienced through the sharing of each others works.

 Judith Farr and her two children

 Clair Graubner

Audio chat with the artists:

For more on Painting in Parallel, visit the tumblr blog here: Painting in Parallel

Two of the works in Conversation 4:
2 colours plus black and white.
20 mins per stage.
Fast and furious. No time for doubts. This convo is a modern one in the style of electronic texting or tweeting!

 Stage two (finished)
by Clair Graubner

 Stage one (finished)
by Judith Farr


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Nick De Pirro on PROMPT at Proto Gallery


Jessica Bottalico
Jen Hitchings
JJ Miyaoka-Pakola
Shawn Powell

A group show at Proto Gallery in Hoboken, NJ. Proto Gallery president, Nick De Pirro, joins ahttakes to share his thoughts on why Prompt is one not to miss. Fresh with works that appear to be executed with effortless skill. This imagery, presents to the viewer, notions of nature, space, perception and that of being fooled. Please listen below, to this audio tour of the works in the show.

It's Prompt. Now through July 27th 2014

Commentary with Proto Gallery president Nick De Pirro: 

Selections from the show:
 (please click following images to enlarge)

 Jessica Bottalico

 JJ Miyaoka Pakola

Jen Hitchings

Shawn Powell



66 Willow Avenue
Hoboken, NJ 07030

The gallery is open to the public
Sunday to Thursday
10:00 AM to 4:00PM or by appointment

PROMPT is on view through July 27th 2014


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Andy Anello on Leslie Hewitt

Photographer, Andy Anello, talks with me about the "Riffs on Real Time" photographic series by Leslie Hewitt. We talk scale, formal qualities, physicality of photo as object, Hewitt's influence on Anello, and he also helps the painter in me get a little closer to understanding the concerns that photographers deem important. Listen in for more!

Leslie Hewitt
 Riffs on Real Time (7 of 10), 2006–09. 
Chromogenic print, 30 × 24 inches (76.2 × 61 cm)

 Andy Anello

Leslie Hewitt's website: Leslie Hewitt

Andy Anello's website: Andy Anello

A short three minute video of Hewitt discussing her work:

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Stephen Wright on Provisional Painting

Provisional painting? Noticed by Rafael Rubinstein in 2009? After further investigation, dubbed “the New Casualists” by Sharon Butler?

This “Provisional Painting,” and the way it has been executed, has been the subject of several articles recently circling the internet. This sensibility is said to produce works that are “dashed-off” and has been pointed to as “unfinished” and also that these works are an “utter failure.” So, what is it anyway? Why the buzz if it’s results are so “self-canceling?”

Here is an audio account on how all of this struck, painter, Stephen Wright. Listen to his take from a recent conversation I had with him. He has a different response to what he has seen of these developments. (some strong language).

(appearing in the audio clip, is the Red House Painters song "Funhouse")

 Stephen Wright
photo: Lorna Milburn

Below are links to three articles covering Provisional Painting:

Art in America. Provisional Painting by Raphael Rubinstein. May 2009

Two Coats of Paint. The Casualist Tendency by Sharon Butler. February 2014

Abstract Critical. Provisional Painting, Three Hypotheses by Alan Pocaro. February 2014

Also, Painters' Table has assembled a great link list to other articles. Worth a look: Painters' Table

Stephen Wright's tumblr blog: ghost fire