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.

Eric Fausnacht

Modern representation of traditional farm animals using pattern and texture to create larger-than-life portraitures.…

Modern representation of traditional farm animals using pattern and texture to create larger-than-life portraitures.…

Modern representation of traditional farm animals using pattern and texture to create larger-than-life portraitures.…

Melissa Maddonni Haims

Melissa Maddonni Haims is a sculptor based in Philadelphia that uses various fibers to create knit graffiti, soft sculpture,…

Melissa Maddonni Haims is a sculptor based in Philadelphia that uses various fibers to create knit graffiti, soft sculpture, and large-scale installations. She also sews quilts using vintage fabrics and…

Melissa Maddonni Haims is a sculptor based in Philadelphia that uses various fibers to create knit graffiti, soft sculpture, and large-scale installations. She also sews quilts using vintage fabrics and subversive text.…

Susan Leshnoff

Susan Leshnoff's visionary painting of skies + landscapes provide insight into nature's peaceful core. The brilliant colors…

Susan Leshnoff's visionary painting of skies + landscapes provide insight into nature's peaceful core. The brilliant colors evoke the the harmony and spiritual dimension of nature. …

Susan Leshnoff's visionary painting of skies + landscapes provide insight into nature's peaceful core. The brilliant colors evoke the the harmony and spiritual dimension of nature. …

Helene Halstuch

My paintings are a personal exploration of mood, essence and mystery. I strive to find the spirit of a subject and immerse…

My paintings are a personal exploration of mood, essence and mystery. I strive to find the spirit of a subject and immerse myself in the experience of painting, never quite knowing where it may take me…

My paintings are a personal exploration of mood, essence and mystery. I strive to find the spirit of a subject and immerse myself in the experience of painting, never quite knowing where it may take me or what the outcome…

Alfred Ortega
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