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.

Wendee enjoys using symbolism, juxtaposition, and irony to create a narrative in her art. She compares & contrasts the identities of women in her work.
Wendee Yudis
Wendee Yudis

Wendee enjoys using symbolism, juxtaposition, and irony to create a narrative in her art. She compares & contrasts the identities…

Wendee enjoys using symbolism, juxtaposition, and irony to create a narrative in her art. She compares & contrasts the identities of women in her work.…

Wendee enjoys using symbolism, juxtaposition, and irony to create a narrative in her art. She compares & contrasts the identities of women in her work.…

Elissa Glassgold
Elissa Glassgold
Dynamic original abstract artwork that explores the grid and lines by award winning South Jersey artist Donna Sensor Thomas
Donna Sensor Thomas
Donna Sensor Thomas

Dynamic original abstract artwork that explores the grid and lines by award winning South Jersey artist Donna Sensor Thomas…

Dynamic original abstract artwork that explores the grid and lines by award winning South Jersey artist Donna Sensor Thomas…

Dynamic original abstract artwork that explores the grid and lines by award winning South Jersey artist Donna Sensor Thomas…

Through abstract geometric paintings, Philadelphia artist Melinda Steffy translates music into color patterns, exploring ideas of translation, information and data, and how music weaves throughout human experience. Melinda Steffy’s RUINATION DAY series (acrylic on wood panel) deconstructs folk and blues songs that reference the date April 14, which is when Lincoln was shot, the Titanic hit the iceberg, and the Black Sunday dust storm devastated the Midwest. Melinda Steffy’s BACH PROJECT series (watercolor on paper) converts classical music by J.S. Bach and Bela Bartok into grids and pie charts. Rather than hear one note after the other through time, the paintings show all of the notes and rhythms simultaneously on one visual plane.
Melinda Steffy
Melinda Steffy

Through abstract geometric paintings, Philadelphia artist Melinda Steffy translates music into color patterns, exploring…

Through abstract geometric paintings, Philadelphia artist Melinda Steffy translates music into color patterns, exploring ideas of translation, information and data, and how music weaves throughout human…

Through abstract geometric paintings, Philadelphia artist Melinda Steffy translates music into color patterns, exploring ideas of translation, information and data, and how music weaves throughout human experience. Melinda…

Won Choi's sculptural forms grow out of the human figure, costume and the natural landscape, often merging together to reveal spiritual meaning, something she realized through meditating on the five Natural Elements.
Won Choi
Won Choi

Won Choi's sculptural forms grow out of the human figure, costume and the natural landscape, often merging together to reveal…

Won Choi's sculptural forms grow out of the human figure, costume and the natural landscape, often merging together to reveal spiritual meaning, something she realized through meditating on the five Natural…

Won Choi's sculptural forms grow out of the human figure, costume and the natural landscape, often merging together to reveal spiritual meaning, something she realized through meditating on the five Natural Elements.…

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