donderdag, februari 25, 2016

Dana Schutz

Dana Schutz in her studio in Brooklyn, New York, 2013.

"American painter Dana Schutz has previously worked in close proximity with other artists, so it is a shock to find her ensconced in her own space, a former garage in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn, New York.

The studio is long and thin with a half mezzanine where Schutz keeps her computer. She moved here two and a half years ago from the studio nearby she shared with, among others, her sculptor husband, Ryan Johnson. "I was curious about working alone. Moving here was great. Even when it was a garage it felt really good." Making the work, however, was not that easy. "You know you want to do something different but you don't know what it is. And it feels awful."
The floor of her studio is littered with her palettes made of plastic wrap. Her practice of coming in every morning and mixing her colours first is a long-established habit. "At the end of the day, I run around and put them in the fridge hoping they will keep over night. I want to work all day and not stop to mix."

Dotted around are sheets of paper with images downloaded from the internet. A "hyper-colour" shirt from the 1970s that changes in the sunlight will clothe one of her characters in the large painting dominating the end wall of the studio. Books on artists from Max Beckmann, Picasso, Matisse and Marsden Hartley lie on the floor. "I was looking for palettes, and I found this painting by Hartley." She points at the fluffy clouds." (bron: The Independent, foto: Neville Elder)

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