Resource: Where Abstract Art is (From), Moderated by Rossana Martinez, PowerHouse Projects, July 2010

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PowerHouse Presents… Resource: Where Abstract Art is (From) -– a virtual panel moderated by Rossana Martinez, founder and curator of Minus Space, and organized by the curators of Source–Susan Ross and Melissa Staiger. Source completed its run at The Halls at Bowling Green on May 28th. The show presented a mix of seven artists: Glen Cunningham, Mark Dagley, Laura Fayer, Molly Herman, Lori Kirkbride, Ben LaRocco and Rachael Wren. While each has a practice that fits neatly under the umbrella of “abstraction”, the breadth of their styles and influences ultimately explodes any attempt at easy categorization.

Rossana Martinez: Allan Kaprow said, “The line between art and life should be kept as fluid, and perhaps indistinct, as possible.” Guide us through a day when you find inspiration and time to create.

Molly Herman: Ideally, a painting day for me will begin by practicing yoga to get focused. Then, on my walk to the studio, I may notice the morning light on a bright bodega awning, or maybe a neon sign glancing off brick walls or lighting the water, etc. In Brooklyn, I’m always aware of the landscape’s broken grid — the incidental architecture shaped by time, human hands and nature.

In my studio, I think about building a painting. I conceive a painting while painting. I turn the canvas and often work on the floor. I stain, brush, stipple, scrub and trowel the paint. The paint stroke is a visual and rhythmic measurement (of the hand and body) with a logic that the painting is built upon, layer by layer. Color creates space and rhythm. some colors are deeply stained into the canvas, but appear to pop forward because of their saturation, other colors are painted in thick impasto and come forward as texture. In a way my painting process is like moving to remember or to conjure an impression of a glimpsed moment.

Laura Fayer: I have a live/work space so the line between my art and my life is truly fluid and indistinct. I live with my art. I might be passing through the studio into another room when I think of a mark that should be made, or glimpse a patterned piece of paper that I suddenly realize should be collaged onto something else. I allow those realizations to happen in a fluid way and act on them even if my original intent in crossing through the room was not to work on a painting.

Ben LaRocco: Well, I think Kaprow is right. My studio is next to my kitchen and sometimes I eat tuna sandwiches while I paint…

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