Josephine Halvorson Is on the Clock | “New York Close Up” | Art21 video
From the gallery press release:
Halvorson makes paintings on-site, face to face with an
object in its environment. Often no more than an arm’s
length away, she detects variations in texture, light, and
temperature, transcribing these perceptions through the
medium of paint. Each work that results shares a natural
likeness with the object, yet bares its own countenance.
In the past, Halvorson has traveled far afield, making
paintings on the road, seeking intimacy from happenstance.
For this new body of work she stays local, concentrating on
the immediate surroundings of her studio and home in
western Massachusetts – the foundation of a new structure,
a woodshed, and heat from a fire.
With extended attention over the course of daylight hours,
latent histories are expressed and unexpected
understandings of the everyday emerge. Traces of human
activity, composition of material, and evidence of energy
surface in the paintings. As Halvorson looks hard at the
routinely overlooked, she finds liveliness in stillness and the
unforeseen in the seen.