Art Lies, Volume 47, Summer 2005 Page: 20
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Where is painting today? In the last ten years, there has been a dramatic increase in
the production of paintings, as well as in situations and events affected by painting.
While this activity is the source of great excitement and interest, a reason for this esca-
lation remains elusive.
Initially, it was reason enough that painting, as a practice and method of inquiry,
was on the rise. This conviction and the energy it engendered continued until around
2000-and some may argue it continues still-when a fresh anxiety regarding paint-
ing's location and purpose emerged. Ironically, I think the best evidence of this fretful
state is the many exhibitions and wealth of writing that attempt to organize and explain
proliferation. Further irony resides in that fact that when something is in full bloom and
the object of such frenzied attention, it is very likely nearing an end point. This is not
necessarily a bad thing. Renewal is good, and painting will certainly continue, whether
as a hothouse flower with full critical entree or as a permission-lacking and resilient
weed. Those who earnestly till the soil are remarkably adaptable, and the search for
location and purpose is relentless.
The following images represent work by eight artists who are part of this search.
I chose them because I like their work and am interested in their ideas, but I also
believe there is a further organizing principal at hand: these artists share an aware-
ness and understanding of a certain territory currently being traversed. While they all
are compelled forward by their own particular, individual interests, each also touches
the core of the painting enterprise-an act with both attitude and a sense of history.
Common to all of them is the recognition that painting is always-in some measure and
of necessity-about itself.
20 ARTL!ES Summer 2005
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