Freight+Volume/Arts+Leisure

I am pulling myself out of temporary blog retirement to post on this fabulous related pair of galleries that I have been checking out for a while now which seems to always show the most interesting and innovative work. They just always seem to have cool work on show. I mean look at this one: socks! Socks!! And there was another one recently with shelf paintings by Katherine Bradford – see pic below.

Aaron Johnson
Aaron Johnson

Aaron Johnson’s New Sock Paintings is the show and I will just rip out part of the interview with him: An idea in a sketchbook several years ago, in a list of ideas for other ways to make paintings, I wrote “stick socks on canvas”.  The idea stayed in the back of my mind for years before I finally got to a rupture point in my studio practice, and then I stuck a sock on a canvas…
…At a certain point it occurred to me that the sock is like a little death; it’s a shed skin, a hollow carcass; when mateless it is a lost partner, slipped into obsolescence; socks get used and worn out and replaced, a cycle; a life could be measured in the socks spent in a lifetime. 

AaronJohnson2

I love that: “stuck a sock on a canvas” kind of reminds me of my skirted painting period where I was sticking frilly skirts on canvases which was way too out there for any gallery in Canberra. Come to think of it I don’t think any gallery in Australia would come near it. And yet here we have a gallery in New York which isn’t even an ARI willing to take it on. Here’s the links: Freight+Volume, Arts+Leisure. Love, love, love this.

katherine-bradford

My Skirted Period
My Skirted Period