rafa esparza: A Sense of Generosity

Something I couldn’t stop thinking about from my conversation with rafa esparza is that art is truly healing. Sometimes it’s hard to evaluate and measure the impact. There is no real data on the visualization of artworks, no analytics to decipher or figures to calculate that explain or reason significance. Art is entirely about how it makes people feel—or, at least, it should be. All of the other numbers we attach to it—price lists and auctions, acquisitions and exhibitions—are only indicators of the fact that it made someone, somewhere, feel something. Esparza’s art feels like the essence of this notion. Before anything else, his sense of feeling is what drives his practice. It is why he has numerous group exhibitions—to…

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Sam Friedman and a Temple of Silence

Sam Friedman and a Temple of Silence
“What makes a work of art good for you is not something that is already inside it but something that happens inside you.” Brian Eno said this about ambient music, which in the context of painting should resonate as much as the lingering notes of a single piano key in an empty hall. Painting can be an internal experience, an echo between canvas and viewer, paint and room, color and light. It is hard these days in a gallery or museum, bustling with visitors, to hear a painting or group of painitngs. But there is a stillness that moves you if you are in the right environment. One can look at the master of the quiet, Mark Rothko, who once…

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