Monday, July 28, 2008
To Whom it May Concern:
James Elkins, What Painting Is (page 187 +):
"That is what perfect painting is: neither entirely dull water and stone, nor weightless representation. Not merely a wooden panel coated with cracked and abraded paint, nor entirely a madonna and child. Or as Rembrandt, not just a slather of oil, nor simply a face."
This weekend Eva Lake fluttered through town on her way to court gallery representation in San Francisco. I suspect that I have never blogged about "the hustle" because it is so remarkably awkward.
Maybe I should.
Eva has been forced to become a traveling road show out of the back of her car.
Elkins again: "Perfect painting is imperfectly transcendent. Less interesting painters do not know what to do with the choice between substance and illusion."
Eva does not use tape. I have only met her a handful of times and already I suspect that Eva's seismic paintings accurately represent a portion of her psyche. Shit. Is that a truth? Do our paintings act as extensions ? ? ?
Regardless, this is my favorite photograph of Eva and one of her paintings from this afternoon. But wait, Eva's clean-edged organic-minimalism is balanced and amplified by her collage work. Her collages are kept in a separate folder.I had to ask permission to touch this one:
Fuckin' brilliant. I hope that the collage pictured above never sells so that I can trade with Eva.
"When paint is compelling, it is uncanny: it hovers on the brink of impossibility, as if nothing that close to incorporeality could exist. "