Studio Visit, Q&A with me and Sarah Butler

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[[MORE]]STUDIO VISIT: JOSEPHA GUTELIUS
Studio location: A garage (without the car!) semi-attached to my house. The only natural light is west, which makes for interesting shadows, ideal for my purposes.
How long working here? I moved in early August...

STUDIO VISIT: JOSEPHA GUTELIUS

Studio location: A garage (without the car!) semi-attached to my house. The only natural light is west, which makes for interesting shadows, ideal for my purposes.

How long working here? I moved in early August this year, so the studio hasn’t been mucked up much. I’m still trying to keep it clean and neat. Give it a few months.

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THE SPACE

One advantage: I can paint large, larger, largest and cart the canvas out the garage door. Of course, having a new studio feels like a fresh start. I finally have more floor space—my method is to work on the floor, kneeling.

And I have wall space: that’s amazing! The first thing I did when I moved into the new studio, I hung up about 30 of my paintings, it was like seeing them for the first time.

Challenges: Electricity? Yes. But no plumbing: no sink, no toilet. So I do a lot of trudging back and forth.

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THE WORK

I tend to work on several paintings at once and revisit old paintings accordingly. And especially now with the fresh new context of the studio, I see everything differently. I’m thinking I want to go toward interior scenes. Figures, of course. But I haven’t done much with objects, and I plan to.

Recommended Reads?

Ross King’s The Judgment of Paris. Immensely detailed, with a sweeping perspective on what King calls “the revolutionary decade that gave the world Impressionism.” King’s starting point is Meissonier, the Andy Warhol of the 19th century (and coincidentally Salvador Dali’s favorite painter). A brilliant illustration of the relativity of the canon.

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Another seminal book: Lothar Lang’s Expressionist Book Illustration in Germany, 1907-1927. I’ve pored over that book for years—the drama of the line, the black/ white contrast, the spare use of color as “gesture,” an art of protest. Raw and brutal stuff; those paintings can’t be tamed. The basics for me are content and drama.

And the inimitable Lucy Lippard, the art shaman. I don’t necessarily like the art she likes, but I love looking at art through her eyes. I See/ You Mean is a phenomenal novel.


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New work

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40 x 24 new version18 x 24 new 20160517_113533-145 x 2345 x 23 Robot36 x 24 20160601_074943-1new version

(More, Recently) Sold Paintings from my studio

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"Bouquet," (series) 20 x 27, acrylic on canvas

“Bouquet,” (series) 20 x 27, acrylic on canvas

"A Night at the Movies" 14 x 20 acrylic on canvas

“A Night at the Movies” 14 x 20 acrylic on canvas

Theater Berlin, acrylic on canvas, 28 x 30

Theater Berlin, acrylic on canvas, 28 x 30

"Seascape" 24 x 24, acrylic on canvas

“Seascape” 24 x 24, acrylic on canvas

Blue, colored pencil on paper

Blue, colored pencil on paper

Memoriam, 18 x 24, acrylic on canvas

Memoriam, 18 x 24, acrylic on canvas

Empty Purse, 20" x 17"

Empty Purse, 20″ x 17″

Berlin Wall, 17 x 19, acrylic on canvas

Berlin Wall, 17 x 19, acrylic on canvas

Empty Purse, 14 x 15, acrylic on canvas

Empty Purse, 14 x 15, acrylic on canvas

Superstore, Bouquet, Master Builder – new paintings

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I call the one painting “Superstore” because I bought a cheap canvas print from a superstore and painted over it. I’ll be doing a larger version of the central image. Meanwhile, the shiny black paint — fresh paint from today — may or may not go matte…

"Superstore," 24 x 24, acrylic on canvas

“Superstore,” 24 x 24, acrylic on canvas

"Bouquet," (series) 20 x 27, acrylic on canvas

“Bouquet,” (series) 20 x 27, acrylic on canvas

 

A painting dare

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What to say about this painting…  I’m aiming for substance that isn’t substantial, a body that is more molecular than flesh.

Memoriam, 18 x 24, acrylic on canvas

Memoriam, 18 x 24, acrylic on canvas