Have you met…Sam Scoggins?


An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Sam Scoggins.

Untitled Oil on Canvas 36" x 36" 2013

Untitled
Oil on Canvas
36″ x 36″
2013

Statement

Sam Scoggins – Painting An Open Question

“The process begins with a moment of silence and stillness in front of the blank surface of the painting to be – to allow the mind to settle. Everyday concerns, thoughts and fantasies are let go. Plans, visions and theories of what the painting might be are dropped.
The paint is poured onto the canvas, dripped or spread with a palate knife, cloth or fingers. Forms emerge. Forms disappear. The practice is to try not to obstruct the free flow of creation and destruction, almost letting the painting create itself, as it were. Figure emerges from ground and dissolves back into ground, unobstructed. No judgement is made as to good or bad.
When fixation is let go, freshness is always available. When we recognise freshness manifesting in the painting we stop. The painting is finished.” Sam Scoggins

Oil on Canvas 36" x 36" 2013

Oil on Canvas
36″ x 36″
2013

Sam Scoggins was born in Bristol in the United Kingdom in 1958. He lives in Hurley, New York.

Oil on canvas 5" x 5" x 3"

Oil on canvas
5″ x 5″ x 3″

Other material relating to Sam Scoggins.

Artist Blog: Sam Scoggins.

ArtSlant: Sam Scoggins.

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Long Series #1378. With text by Phillip J. Mellen.


#1378

#1378

I’ve always been interested in the use of text in paintings, and the Long Series I’m working on has many examples that include notes and letters and type. But I’ve never had anyone other than my wife Jane Ledwell provide the text until now. This piece has a line that was provided by my friend Phillip J. Mellen. We have entered into a collaboration and at the moment he is working on some pieces that he will send to me to add my bits to.

Have you met…Erin Lawlor?


An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Erin lawlor, and she was recommended to me by Ron Levin.

Untitled, oil on canvas, 65x50cm, 2012

Untitled, oil on canvas, 65x50cm, 2012

Extracts from an interview with Françoise Caille,

exhibition catalogue ‘Anima’, Espace Mezcla, Rouen 2012.

“After an initial periods of figurative work, over the last ten years I have progressively let go of a defined form or subject to concentrate on what was already no doubt the essential in my work, what is – for me – the small miracle of the way in which painting, in one stroke of the paintbrush and paint, can constitute all at once both space, volume, shape and time. Letting go of the explicit for the implicit. Or what Bachelard called, beyond images of form, direct forms of matter, whose form is internal. If the work is no longer actually figurative, there is something not unlike fractals, of the micro or macrocosm, deliberately imprecise, but certainly very far from any form of geometric abstraction, and in which the reference to the organic remains tangible.

(…) I often think of that phrase of Eliot’s4, ‘images that cling’, there is a notion of the residual, perhaps within the image itself, certainly through the process. And then again, it’s perhaps what continues still today to differentiate painting from photography, which, unless it resorts to narrative, remains the capturing of one precise moment. Painting is the sum of a whole suite of moments, that are intimately linked one to another, even entwined, of actions and gestures, decisions, that leave a trace, and remain sensitive in the final piece.
In a way it’s not dissimilar to David Bohm’s5 explanations of the implicate order, the idea of an ‘undivided wholeness in flowing movement’ without any sharp division, like the structures of vortices, a constant folding and unfolding of the matter. For that matter, for Bohm, time itself, the instant, is a projection6. Painting obviously remains, par excellence, a space of projection, for the practitioner, but also for the spectator, and one has to accept that, even if one obviously hopes that what is experienced doesn’t fall too far from the action in the studio.
Somebody recently described my work as «sudden death» painting, and I rather like that appellation. There is a technical truth in that – in the final instant, working in the wet as I do, it all comes together – or not, as the case may be. It’s ruthless. But I also like what that implies in terms of the capturing of something animate, of something eminently alive.” EL

 Untitled18, 2012 oil on linen 39.5 x 32 in.

Untitled18, 2012 oil on linen 39.5 x 32 in.

Erin Lawlor was born in Epping, England in 1969. She lives in London.

Untitled 2012 oil on canvas 14 x 11 in.

Untitled 2012 oil on canvas 14 x 11 in.

Other material relating to Erin Lawlor.

Artist website: Erin Lawlor.

Studio Critical: Erin Lawlor.

Vimeo: Erin Lawlor.

ArtSlant: Erin Lawlor.

Look&Listen: Erin Lawlor.

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Friday evening studio photograph.


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I’m building a display table for my Long Series paintings. This is a test to see if it will stand, and to give me a rough idea if it’s going to look something like what I have in mind. The legs will have cross supports. There will also be a plexiglass cover, and I’ll probably paint it black.

Have you met…Brigid Watson?


An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Brigid Watson.

Untitled 2

Untitled 2

Paint equals Desire.

“I look at the sidewalk and I look at the sea. I think about cement and I think about tides; the color of the sky changes everything.

Sometimes I parse the details of my life and yours, big and small.

While much of what I do is based on immediate observation- what I saw while out walking my dog this morning- past events, relationships,and  places I remember all crop up in my work. At times there are nostalgic passages though I am always forward thinking.

As an expressionist I frame all of my thought in terms of color and gesture. While I alternate between being purely abstract and using pictorial elements , the process of painting remains the same and I have the same concerns. Those concerns include pushing my color from decorative and pretty to encompass challenging and awkward combinations, for being pretty without being a little ugly too is mundane. I think less about space and more about spacing; the relationships and scales of marks and forms, breathing. The materiality of paint the joy if stuff , is central to what I do though I try to mitigate my enthusiasms with a degree if discipline. The two in concert establish my range and my boundaries. Expression of my experience though- that’s at the heart of what I do.” BW

Education

Master of Fine Arts, New York University; New York, NY and Venice, Italy, 2001         

Fifth Year Graduate Diploma, School of the Museum of Fine Arts; Boston, MA, 1994

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Tufts University; Medford, MA, 1993

Diploma, School of the Museum of Fine Arts; Boston, MA, 1993

Feb 13-2

Feb 13-2

Other material relating to Brigid Watson.

Artist website: Brigid Watson.

Artist Blog 1000 Words. Brigid Watson.

PAZQUINSUR PUBLICACION CULTURAL: Brigid Watson.

Hallspace: Brigid Watson.

Art Orbiter: Brigid Watson.

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