A. Will Brown

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Fan Mail: Carla Jay Harris

Carla Jay Harris. Teresa Cooper 1947, 2012; archival pigment print. 20 x 30 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

There is a profound stillness in Carla Jay Harris’ photographs—her framing and shooting style emits a pervasive calm that quiets the anxiety of her subject matter. Harris’ ability to create silence amid moments of emotional upheaval is eerie, tense, and evocative. Two bodies of work portray people and places in the midst of economic and cultural change; Dirt, Dust, Sand, Concrete (2012–2015) shows Smithfield, Virginia,[…..]

Fan Mail: Lorella Paleni

Lorella Paleni. In Reverse, 2014; acrylic and oil on canvas; 42 x 48 inches. Courtesy of private collector.

Lorella Paleni is always creating something that exists just over the horizon of awareness. Her works comprise a series of visual heuristics to nowhere, showing the viewer a picture plan filled with rich colors that simultaneously push into and out of each painting. But instead of resolving compositional elements into a defined image, the elements of her style culminate in a delicately constructed form of[…..]

Fan Mail: Rachel Foster

Rachel Foster. Smoke Signals, 2015; screen-print; 12.5 x 19 inches. Courtesy of the Artist.

Rachel Foster’s work inhabits an enigmatic territory in which image and object merge. Her screen prints are composed with subtle colors, unexpectedly cropped images, and positive and negative space. Her prints float at the edge of representation, showing just enough detail to be recognizable while retaining a sense of mystery. Smoke Signals (2015) achieves a ghostly afterimage effect by leaving space for the viewer to[…..]

Fan Mail: Jered Sprecher

Jered Sprecher. Water & Logic, 2014; oil on jute; 56 x 46 inches. Courtesy of Gallery 16.

For artist Jered Sprecher, painting is a medium for conveying the tensions between the abstract and the concrete. His works are balanced between the painterly and the conceptual; in the catalog for his 2014 exhibition Stacking Stones at Gallery 16 in San Francisco, Sprecher wrote: “When I work I want to create paintings that surprise, paintings that can hold competing ideas but not contain them.”[…..]

Fan Mail: Nicola Dale

Nicola Dale. Model for Ideology VI, 2015; durational performance. Courtesy of Mark Devereux Projects.

Webster’s definition of ideology is: “A system of ideas and ideals, especially one that forms the basis of economic or political theory and policy.” Artist Nicola Dale’s sculptures, performances, and installations are interpretations of this definition of ideology—one of many subjects that Dale explores in her work. Dale often works on one subject or idea for an extended period, in distinctive bodies that incorporate various[…..]

Fan Mail: Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor. SORRY, 2015; wood, steel, paint, hardware; 24 x 43 x 32 in. Courtesy of the artist.

At the risk of having his artwork go unrecognized, Paul Taylor creates subtle interventions in land- and cityscapes. His works simultaneously embody and critique the influence of the quotidian. To achieve such interventions, Taylor works with an array of media: film, video, concrete, ink, graphite, plants, and found industrial and construction material. Much of Taylor’s work appears as though he simply found a perfect organization[…..]

Fan Mail: Nando Alvarez-Perez

Nando Alvarez-Perez. Primary Document 013015, 2015; archival pigment print; 40 x 60 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Photographs have many potential uses. They can serve as objective documents of history, standing in for memory, ideas, and sensory representations, but they also have the capacity to manifest images of fictional narratives that are markedly creative. Nando Alvarez-Perez’s photographs, often produced in a series, mirror the many capacities of the photograph, capturing an array of past and future meanings, motifs, styles, and contexts. At[…..]