Depiction and the Picture, John Seed and Lawrence Gipe
John Seed remarks For me, it's not painting if I can't feel the electricity that travels directly from the brain through the arm to charge the brush and leave its tracks: its "petit sensations a la Cezanne." They work their way through a range of artists from Vija Celmins to Anne Harris to Robert Longo discussing what they appreciate or don't appreciate about the work. I enjoyed their lack of consensus as they each champion their own pets but when Seed dismissed Richter as a minor figure swept up by the art market and offered up F. Scott Harris as an exemplar, I was stumped. At the very end Lawrence Gipe mentions depiction provides the widest platform for artistic expression; it potentially connects with all layers of political, formal and visual issues. I couldn't help wishing the article unpacked that statement.
|Anne Harris, Portrait (Red Robe), 2008-2012|
Oil on linen, 52" x 33", Photo: Courtesy Alexandre Gallery
|Matthew Couper, Desert Rosa, 2013, Oil on metal|
14" x 11"