We spent all day yesterday in the first of our graduate seminars during the residency. We’re being taught by Vera Iliatova who stressed the importance of educating ourselves on contemporary artists. The afternoon was spent looking at a slide presentation of artists she hand selected for each of us to consider. This was such a great insight into both how she viewed our individual practice and to how she processes and categorizations art. Many of the connections went beyond content and were to do with application of material and how to address the pictorial space.

Here are three contemporary artists she brought to my attention.

Jackie Gendel

I’m lucky to have worked with Jackie over the past year, so I am very familiar with her work. She was such a positive influence on my artistic development and I know I will continue to gain so much by looking at her work. She’s an incredible painter and will be part of a two person show at Horton Gallery in New York opening June 19.

Night Portrait, 2010. Oil on cavas ©Jackie Gendel

Night Portrait, 2010. Oil on cavas ©Jackie Gendel

Installation view from Revenge of the Same at Jeff Bailey Gallery © Jackie Gendel

Installation view from Revenge of the Same at Jeff Bailey Gallery © Jackie Gendel

Swim Club, 2009. Oil on canvas © Jackie Gendel

Swim Club, 2009. Oil on canvas © Jackie Gendel

Maya Bloch

Maya Bloch lives and works in Tel Aviv, but recently had a solo show in New York at Thierry Goldberg Gallery in the Lower East Side.  Sadly I missed that show, but will be on the look out if her work comes back to New York in the next few years. She seems to have a clear influence from Marlene Dumas, but with more saturated color.

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Helen Verhoeven

Helen Verhoeven splits her time between The Hague and New York City. She will be part of the Summer Show at Wallspace opening June 27, and it will be great to see her work in person. I am interested in the way her figures exist in space and the way she builds each piece. (Images taken from her website)

The Thingly Character IV, acrylic on canvas, 190 x 310 cm, 2010

The Thingly Character IV, acrylic on canvas, 190 x 310 cm, 2010

A Tragic Taste for Birk Bruski, oil on canvas, 100 x 120 cm, 2011

A Tragic Taste for Birk Bruski, oil on canvas, 100 x 120 cm, 2011

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