Sylvia Plimack Mangold, It's just the Tree

Sylvia Plimack Mangold has work up in a group show at Alexander and Bonin.  She was also interviewed by Alex Bacon for the Brooklyn Rail. They talk about her process, her use of tape her evolution as a painting from an engagement with materials, process and flatness into a sustained relationship with looking.
It’s just the tree. And I think I would have never taken on painting a tree like I do now when I was younger because it really is art. And you might think it’s an accomplishment to paint a ruler or a piece of tape or anything that’s flat, but it isn’t. If you want someone to get satisfied, take a piece of wood and try to paint it. It’s not hard. But if you’re trying to make a painting that’s really interesting in terms of how the paint comes together to form the image, to me that is very hard. It should be so that there’s a balance, so that the image isn’t stronger than the paint, but the space should be overall.
Read the full interview here
Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Summer Maple 2009, oil on linen, 24 1/2 x 48 in/ 62.2 x 122 cm

Sylvia Plimack Mangold, The Pin Oak 7/11/05, 8/13/05  2005, watercolor and pencil on paper

22 1/4 x 29 3/4 in/ 56.5 x 75.6 cm


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