Hannah Barrett is a painter based in Brooklyn. Her work draws from a range of subject matter including old cookbooks, vintage fashion, 1960s advertising imagery, characters from classic literature, and really anything else that strikes a chord in Hannah's visual imagination. All these elements are brought together in portraits, still lives, and domestic scenes that blend the surreal with the everyday and seem to imply an entire world in each painting. To me, there's something both familiar and strange about Hannah's paintings, and it's a quality that allows the viewers imagination to run just as wild as I'm sure Hannah's does when she's painting.
PHOTOBLOG: This week BTR went to Paul Kasmin Gallery in Chelsea to check out the Simon Hantai exhibit, Blancs. The exhibition will run until December 5, 2015.
Artist Rithika Merchant's new series, Luna Tabulatorum, tell a story inspired by the moon. In the paintings human-like figures, animals, plant life, and other strange beings interact in symbolic rituals that evoke both religious and folk art tradition as well as the work of painters like Frida Khalo. Myths and Folklore inform a lot of the imagery in Luna Tabulatorum and Rithika is drawn to the fact that moon has played a significant role in the stories of gods, creation and the universe in ancient cultures from Greece to India. Rithika's series is on view now at Stephen Romano Gallery in Bushwick, and last week Rithika joined me via Skype from Barcelona to talk about her work, the moon, and ways that woman and femininity are portrayed in art and mythology.
Reality Week - BTR spoke with renowned Hyperrealist painter Raphaella Spence, of the Bernarducci Meisel Gallery in New York City, to further understand the processes and motivations behind this meticulously detailed practice.
Carla Gannis, The Garden of Emoji Delights, 2015 This week on the show, Brooklyn multi-media artist Carla Gannis talks about some of her new projects. One is an interpretation of Heronimous Bosch's 16th century painting The Garden of Earthly Delights made with emojis. The piece is on view at the Hudson River Museum. The second project is a series of self portraits that Carla calls "selfie drawings." In our interview we touch on the language of emojis, the "gothic internet", the singularity, and growing up in Appalachia. Hieronymus Bosch, Garden of Earthly Delights, circa 1450–1516 Selfie Drawing 33 “Dreaming the Singularity” Selfie Drawing 24 “AKIN” Playlist 00:00 Intro 00:50 Carla Gannis 03:10 Emoji Delights 06:40 Transcription 12:01 Discrete Emoji 13:31 Selfie Drawings 17:47 Singularity 21:45 Appalachia 24:35 Making Art 26:26 The Future 33:03 Finish
Artist and Oregon State Professor Julie Green paints death-row inmates' last meals (or their requested last meals) on ceramic plates. She plans to continue the project, 'The Last Supper,' until the death penalty is abolished.
This week on the show, I talk with Brooklyn-based artist Sara Marie Miller. Sara works primarily in printmaking and her work explores the connections between perception and the subconscious as well as the tensions between figurative and abstract forms. When I visited Sara Marie's studio last week, we talked about her printing process, "blind contour drawing," alternate realties, and her experience translating a psychic reading into a new work.
This week on the show my guest is artist Doug Young. Doug has just begun a new body of work of paintings on glass, using a technique called reverse painting. The images in Doug's paintings depict strange and fantastical places including a vintage Disneyland Attraction, a lethal injection room and a view of the Death Star's equatorial trench which Luke Skywalker famously navigates at the end of the film Star Wars.
This week on the show U.K.-based artist Sig Waller joins me to talk about her collage work and paintings. Through the use of found images and dark humor, Sig says her work explores the "dark corners of cultural excess" and asks the question, "How will future intelligence make sense of our times?"