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Art #16: Kadar Brock at Thierry Goldberg Projects

Kadar Brock's exhibition "Unclaimed Space" at Thierry Goldberg Projects opened last week. The opening was packed. I saw a bunch of peeps I haven't seen in ages and had good chats about art, where Kadar's work has been, the road to where it is now, how successful and beautiful the paintings are, etc. At the end of the night there were dumplings at a bar with low ceilings and everyone was feeling celebratory. It was nearing ten and I had work to prepare for the next day in the studio and so left the after party with Mark despite there being several cute girls present, one of whom even said I was funny. HA!

Mark and I took off in a cab to our studios (only a couple blocks apart now that I've moved), excitedly talking about art and painting and our practices. It was great, having a community of artists you believe in is super important. Good chats. Good feedback. Helpful. It's needed.

Kadar's paintings are made by scraping off the surfaces of old paintings and then re-painting them with Zinsser BIN Primer Sealer (a discovery from my Yale/Norfolk Summer School retreat in 2001 that I can't remember if I passed on to Kadar or if he, more likely, discovered its magical properties on his own). I'm not sure of the exact process. He probably sands and scrapes and eventually some holes are warn into them. The paintings are totally excellent. His working method brings to mind Christian Marclay's practice of using already existing materials to fabricate his work (no waste generated, no material had to be manufactured to create his record collage pieces, record cover collages, or tape wall). Kadar uses pre-existing paintings (thus saving on storage, ha!) to reevaluate his practice, to (beware: Buddhist-like practice approaching) deal with impermanence (the old paintings are destroyed and the new paintings are created, no holding onto the objects of the past, etc.). He even uses the scrapings on OTHER paintings (the scrapings are collected in this goo of unknown by me origin) that're really really good too (hint hint Kadar).

ANYWAY, here're some of the paintings. Many links to Kadar related sites are peppered throughout this blog so check'em out. There's detail in these works that seems effortless (I often dislike paintings that have forced and painstakingly painted detail in them, why try that hard? Too much control, etc., etc., illustrative, etc., yawn, the past, boring, move on.org, seriously). They're bold, powerful, and mysterious. They're quiet. They remind me of Stonehenge. What ancient secrets do they contain? The same secrets all great paintings contain, the kind you want to feel, the kind you don't need to have explained to you.

Go check out the show and let's hear what you think!


You may have noticed that the name of this blog has changed to just "art" from "Great Eastern Sun Art vs. Setting Sun Art." After a few "GESA vs SSA" is a limited format for viewing art conversations on here and in person I figure that this blog is more about calling attention to art I think is good to talk about and good to alert the IDP community to rather than using the GESA/SSA framework for critical discussion. It doesn't matter. I just want you all to go out and look at these exhibition and start talking to each other about them. It seems to me that the best way to do this is to simply write about whatever art is affecting me and my practice presently in my conversational prose and have overly high expectations for your interest and participation!  Links will be added throughout all the blogs I post to enrich your understanding of the artist, the art, the exhibition, and related information.

So check out the shows and get commenting you wonderful, mindful, and beautiful people!!


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