THE FOCUS

I pursue interaction and perception from my role as observer, occupied by the unremarkable and in the relationships that exist within our everyday exchanges. I am interested in the ordinary and the staged, the potential for theatricality within the banality of the everyday. Drawing from the quotidian and familiar, I navigate the space between seeing and describing, interpretation and invention. Christina Renfer Vogel, Studio Visit, November 2017 Christina Renfer Vogel, Studio Visit, November 2017 Reflecting direct...

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Sucsy creates abstract paintings that negotiate boundaries. She investigates the exchange between fragility, balance, and duplicity. Laurel Sucsy, Studio Visit, October 2017 Laurel Sucsy, Studio Visit, October 2017 Laurel Sucsy, Studio Visit, October 2017 Using color, scale and composition, her work embodies ideas of interdependency and a process of recognition, where relationships are ever shifting. In particular, she explores the effect of time as a component of perception. Laurel Sucsy, Studio Visit, October 2017 Laurel Sucsy, Studio Visit, October 2017 Laurel Sucsy, Studio Visit, October 2017...

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Häxan Grant Barbour and I are collaborating on a shadow puppet performance that reimagines myths about witch trials and religious extremism in the 16th and 17th centuries in Germany, France and colonial America. Häxan is a series of shadow vignettes that portray mythical, carnal, and absurd relationships between the devil, the accuser, and the accused. Studio Visit, Johanna Winters + Grant Barbour, October 2017 Studio Visit, Johanna Winters + Grant Barbour, October 2017 Studio Visit, Johanna Winters + Grant Barbour, October 2017 Our interest in...

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I paint with fire because it is the closest way to connect with nature. I light the candle, pick up my canvas and go underneath of it. The fire falls onto the canvas while I dance with my hand, like a conductor with music. I begin to see patterns that land onto the canvas and then I stop. This moment while I stop is the most important, it’s the time where I stop to look. Tara Walters, Studio Visit, Oc...

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Photography began as an escape from the scholarly work that I felt I was continuously submerged in. The physically of taking a picture, rolling up the film, and developing it made me feel like I had to work for every frame I shot. The art I create is the only thing in my life I feel like is truly mine. Asafe Pereira, Studio Visit, September 2017 (photo credit: Asafe Pereira) Asafe Pereira, Studio Visit, September 2017 (photo credit: Asafe Pereira) Asafe Pereira,...

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My work explores the visual culture of cartography, occult imagery, game boards, geographical souvenirs, and other structures of information that is altered to examine the relationship of identity, space, and place. The disruption of these visual systems reveals a thin boundary between the known and unknown, between knowledge and superstition. Nick DeFord, Studio Visit, August 2017 Nick DeFord, Studio Visit, August 2017 The repetitive hand-mechanical process used in stitching, layering, piercing or accumulation gives the work an added inference of compulsivity, craft,...

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"There has never been a free people, a free country, a real democracy on the face of this Earth. In a city of some 300,000 slaves and 90,000 so called free men, Plato sat down and praised freedom in exquisitely elegant phrases." - Lerone Bennett Jr. As a Chicano Artist, the recurrent themes are the subjugation of my community by the Dominant Culture and White Privilege. These works manifest themselves in the creation of counter-images and counter-definitions made in a self-determinant manner....

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In my studio right now, I’m shifting gears into a new body of work. I had a solo show in March called Love Song at L Ross Gallery and all summer I’ve been thinking about how those paintings will be stepping stones into my new work. I’m in what I call ‘the in between time” when I build, stretch, and gesso a bunch of new canvases, draw a whole lot, make collages and little sculptures, sift, research, experiment...

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