Laura Owens Artist Interview
Tumlir asked how she knows a painting is finished...
This is one of the most interesting ideas or questions one gets to work with when making a painting. And the answer is not there. I try to work against my own habits and conservative ideas to reformulate this as a question, but the opposite response of unfinished, no finish, not yet finished, can also lead to some habits and conventional thinking. I think this also gets close to ideas of taste in a nicely uncomfortable way, where you know you are almost a hack, clearly one step away from Thomas Kincade production, so what is keeping you from going all the way there? The illusion of speculative gestures? A search for some sort of infinite recontextualization that could carry the work forward? Are you a jam band that needs to stop jammin’? Does the drummer just stop? And then what happens? I try to just watch what is happening and throw shit at the fan.
|Installation view of 12 Paintings by Laura Owens, 346 South Mission Road, Los Angeles, January 2013. Photo by Fredrik Nielsen. Courtesy the artist, 356 South Mission Road, and Gavin Brown’s enterprise.|