Artsy Staff Picks: Juliette Cook

I stumbled across Nanci Hersh’s The Preserve, while browsing through InLiquid’s Artsy page. I like how the subject is not really a dog – just the suggestion of a dog – somewhat flat and without even complete and detailed features, and how that form and idea allows the painter to take many liberties with the color and application of paint. In similar ways, these are the same attributes that make paintings by Manet and Velasquez and Titian really interesting. It’s in those spaces where the illusion comes up against the substance of the paint and the discernible action of the painter, describing the thought processes and decisions of the artist even more so than the painting describes a form. I like how the brushstrokes ostensibly describe water in space, but come up against the side of the canvas and acknowledge that limitation, instead announcing the edge of the painting in a seemingly deliberate conflict with spatial depiction.

The Preserve, 2017

I am a big fan of dogs throughout art history. Goya was especially great at surprising his audiences with tiny flurries of brushstrokes with beady eyes and fancy bows. This painting in particular reminds me of Goya’s “The Dog,” also known as “El Perro Semihundido,” or “The Dog Half-Submerged.”

I have several paintings, sculptures, and photographs, mostly given to me by artist friends. A few of the paintings also include patterns or decisive pattern-like brushwork with singular figures or figure-like images. So, I suppose they are not totally unlike this painting. One major difference is that this painting seems to be approximating a real-life sense of color and space more so than the paintings in my house.

Melanie Serkes is a multidisciplinary sculptor. Inspired by the human form her rhythmic geometric creations abstract the precarious moments that occur between fragility and stability.
Melanie Serkes
Melanie Serkes

Melanie Serkes is a multidisciplinary sculptor. Inspired by the human form her rhythmic geometric creations abstract the…

Melanie Serkes is a multidisciplinary sculptor. Inspired by the human form her rhythmic geometric creations abstract the precarious moments that occur between fragility and stability.…

Melanie Serkes is a multidisciplinary sculptor. Inspired by the human form her rhythmic geometric creations abstract the precarious moments that occur between fragility and stability.…

Jennifer Lynn Manzella
Jennifer Lynn Manzella
Jennifer Baker is a visual artist working in varied media including: painting, monotype, sculpture, and installation. Her images of Northern Liberties document the changes in that Philadelphia neighborhood over a period of 30 years, from the fires and the wrecking balls of the 1980s and 90s to the runaway construction of the 2000s. Other images explore the central Pennsylvania town of Centralia where an underground fire has burned in a coal seam for over 50 years. These pieces have a roughness and immediacy in their execution that matches their subject matter. Her life size sculptures and installation pieces show another side of her interests, and most recently she has been working on a series of drawings documenting her life in the time of coronavirus. All of these pieces have in common an interest in narrative and a sense of place and memory.
Jennifer Baker
Jennifer Baker

Jennifer Baker is a visual artist working in varied media including: painting, monotype, sculpture, and installation. Her…

Jennifer Baker is a visual artist working in varied media including: painting, monotype, sculpture, and installation. Her images of Northern Liberties document the changes in that Philadelphia neighborhood…

Jennifer Baker is a visual artist working in varied media including: painting, monotype, sculpture, and installation. Her images of Northern Liberties document the changes in that Philadelphia neighborhood over a period of…

Virgini'a paintings are bold in color and the ink mingles with the dots of complimentary and contrasting acrylics.
Virginia Joyce
Virginia Joyce

Virgini'a paintings are bold in color and the ink mingles with the dots of complimentary and contrasting acrylics.…

Virgini'a paintings are bold in color and the ink mingles with the dots of complimentary and contrasting acrylics.…

Virgini'a paintings are bold in color and the ink mingles with the dots of complimentary and contrasting acrylics.…

Diane Pieri is an InLiquid artist
Diane Pieri
Diane Pieri

Diane Pieri is an InLiquid artist…

Diane Pieri is an InLiquid artist…

Diane Pieri is an InLiquid artist…

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