“I think of my paintings as one surface after another, each calling for a new decision consistent with what’s actually there. I paint in a state that is half-awake and half-asleep, deeply engrossed within my own mind. Trusting your own instincts is key. You trust that what you’re doing is not just colors and shapes but the construction of something that transcends them. Painting, like music, is its own language, so you trust it and let go.”
Full interview with Dylan Kerr here.
Someone tried to burn NYC dealer Sean Kelly’s dogs Molly and Finn last week. The attack took place in Soho, when crazed boutique hotel mogul Vikram Chatwal pulled out an aerosol can and a lighter and attempted to torch the creatures, who escaped with minor burns. Kelly, who is currently seeking a restraining order against Chatwal stated “Anybody who attacks a defenseless animal in my opinion is the lowest of the low.” More here.
Not long now until Adam Curtis’s new documentary film HyperNormalisation is released. The proposition for his latest ‘story’? – the premise that as a culture, perhaps as a species, “we have become lost in a fake world and cannot see the reality outside”. More here.
HyperNormalisation will premiere on BBC iPlayer on October 16th.
Jenny Holzer’s lending her support to Hillary Clinton with a new project commissioned by the presidential candidate. Excerpts from former speeches delivered by Clinton have been projected on to the exterior of the White House in Holzer’s signature scrolling text. Like Clinton and Holzer, I too believe that the rights of women and girls is the unfinished business of the 21st century. You’d think the choice between a self professed “pussy grabber” and Hillary Clinton was a no-brainer…
Liberal Senator James Paterson reckons that the National Gallery of Australia should sell one of it’s best-loved paintings – Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles. Bought in 1973 for the then record price of $1.3 million, the painting is now estimated to be worth around $350 million. “It’s not appropriate for the Federal Government to own a single piece of art worth $350 million, particularly given that money could be much better used elsewhere,” says Paterson in the Herald Sun (of course..). And what should that money be used for? “Given our gross national debt of $470 billion as of this month, my preference would be to use every dollar of the proceeds from selling Blue Poles to pay down debt.” No words… (More here).