studio visit

Art+Talk Hang out with Samantha Villenave and Paul Roustan

Yesterday afternoon I signed on for my first Art+Talk Hangout and it was a blast. Art+Talk Hangout is a series of casual conversations with artists from around the world that are streamed online in real-time using Google Hangouts. The brainchild of Samantha Villenave, an artist located in Ardèche, France, Art+Talk in an opportunity for artists to shed the pretense of the gallery walls and speak frankly and unscripted about their work, life and anything else that happens to come up in conversation. I will admit that I was a bit apprehensive about speaking on air but Samantha and Paul are gracious hosts and did an excellent job of making me feel welcome.

The video is an hour and 20 minutes long but choke full of flubs, gaffes and laughs (with a little insight sprinkled here and there) so give it a go - and if you have any questions about anything discussed in the video, please leave a comment and I'll answer them as soon as possible. Cheers.

Studio Visit

Yesterday I had my first studio visit in the new space with Like the Spice director, Marisa Sage. We went over plans for my upcoming solo show, talked about my work process and discussed the story behind each of my new paintings. During her visit, I realized how insulated my work process has been since moving out of NYC - it's not often that I get a chance to really delve into the why's and wherefore's of my work; most of the time I just dig my feet in and plow forward. Explaining my motives opened up a better understanding of how this new work evolved and what truly lies at its core. The moral of the story: talk about your work. The more you say it out loud and more people ask questions, the better you'll understand it yourself. Mark your calendars - the opening reception will be Friday, September 9th, 2011!

Below are a few images taken by Marisa from yesterday's meeting...

Dana, preparatory sketch and painting in progress.

Sample compositions.