Abstraction

Installation view of Dannielle Tegeder: Chroma Machine Suite: Forecasting Fault Lines in the Cosmos: Deconstructed paintings and stage; wood, plexiglass, and metal, 7 x 9 ft., 2018. Image courtesy of H&R Block Artspace at Kansas City Art Institute.

“Energy and motion made visible – memories arrested in space” -Jackson Pollock

Art captures the essence of things. Far beyond the pure visual aspect of the world around us, it reaches deeper, seeking out what cannot always be named. It connects with the parts of us that sit below the surface, those knowing, unseeing depths that arc toward all we do not understand. We look for it everywhere, whether we know it or not. Those scraps of further meaning hinted at just below the surface. At times we recoil from it, unwilling to hear what it has to say. We wish to know the secret but want it kept from us.

Dana DeGiulio lives and works in Brooklyn where she has been hard at work as a painter in her studio. She is also a teacher and at the time we spoke was anticipating the start of her new semester. DeGiulio paints flowers perceptually – her process is to purchase flowers and bring them to her studio where she paints one a day as they wither. The challenge is to render the same thing every day as it changes. She has been creating these paintings over the last five years or more. DeGiulio says she takes interest in every day weighing the same. This project is one way for her to track that. To hear more about this series and DeGiulio’s other work, including a book project, listen to the complete interview.

Dannielle Tegeder opened a show in August at the Elizabeth Foundation in New York as well as one in Chicago on November 2. Tegeder is also a resident studio artist at the Elizabeth Foundation in Times Square which is the biggest studio residency program in the country with over 70 artists from around the world in the building. Tegeder says the culture at Elizabeth Foundation is one of openness where many of the resident artists at all points in their careers help each other. Tegeder’s work is rooted in painting and drawing, but in recent years she has begun to explore large-scale installation pieces often based in architecture. To hear more about her work and her experience at Elizabeth Foundation, listen to the complete interview.

A Few Words to Keep in your Pocket:

We seek the truth in art, or seek to be diverted from it.

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Books to Read

What are you reading? Add your titles to our reading list here. Dana DeGiulio recently read Last Days at Hot Slit: The Radical Feminism of Andrea DworkinDannielle Tegeder was reading Expanded Painting by Mark Titmarsh.

Deadlines

Those interested in fall residency at Playa are invited to apply. In their own words, “Playa provides space, solitude and a creative community to residents working in the arts and sciences, encouraging dialogue to bring positive change to the environment and the world.” For full details, and to apply, visit the website. Deadline for applications is February 15.

 

Weekly Edited Grant and Residency Deadlines – review the list here.

Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis Center for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists; Making it in the Art World, New Markets for Artists, The Art World Demystified, Fund Your Dreams Like a Creative Genius, Sell Online Like a Creative Genius and Succeed with Social Media Like a Creative Genius.

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