Filed under: In the Studio, Process Of A Painting | Tags: Ellen C. Caldwell, Franz Kline, In the Studio, Mark Schoening, MFA Boston, Process of a Painting
Mark Schoening (NAP #97) is a contemporary LA-based artist who creates large-scale, detail-packed, process-heavy paintings. His work has evolved over time, moving from similarly detailed black and white mixed media canvases to these bright, geometrically based, perfectly balanced, and meticulously finished matte pieces.
In discussing his process, Schoening recalled that when he was living in Boston, he would regularly go to the MFA Boston to see a work of Franz Kline. He loved the work from afar, but when he got closer, the image lost something for him. With that as inspiration for an aspiration to improve, Schoening set out to create pieces that speak as much from afar as they do up close. He uses processes-upon-processes (including but not limited to stenciling, silkscreening, and precise masking and measuring) to build upon and pack details into every nook and cranny of his works. Seeing them and experiencing them is a moment in itself.
Because New American Paintings is all about the visual, we thought it would be fitting to look at Schoening’s process through images themselves. - Ellen C. Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor
Completed painting: Mark Schoening, “InFormation,” acrylic, latex, ink, silk screen, and spray paint on canvas 60″x72″ 2012.
Filed under: Art World, Boston, Q&A | Tags: A.D. Jacobson, Carroll & Sons, El Paso, Juarez, Mexico, MFA Boston, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Raul Gonzalez, Texas
Raul Gonzalez, Alarums!!, 2010 | Ink and acrylic, 41.75 x 41.75 inches. Courtesy the artist and Carroll & Sons Gallery, Boston.
Somerville, Massachusetts-based artist Raul Gonzalez has just installed And Their Families, part of the 2011 Community Arts Initiative at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He is a 2009 Artadia award winner, has recently had solo exhibitions at the New England Gallery for Latin American Art (NEGLAA) and Carroll and Sons Gallery, Boston, and is a founding member of The Miracle Five artist collective. Gonzalez is currently preparing for exhibitions at the Boston Center for the Arts and the San Francisco Art Institute.
I spoke with Gonzalez on a rainy day in the South End about living in Boston, family, fatherhood, comics, and the violent situation in the border town of Juarez, near the artist’s native home of El Paso, Texas. Our conversation, and images of Raul’s work, after the jump. —A.D. Jacobson, Boston contributor