Studio View, 2011
Location: Near Cooper Park. What is Cooper Park? Williamsburg? East Williamsburg? West Bushwick?
Jennifer Dalton’s work is biting, topical, and delightfully humorous. She’s also a great human being, and has a show opening tonight at Winkleman Gallery. Go.
This post really could end there. The truth is I don’t know where to start. I was super grateful and humbled that Dalton agreed to meet with me last Saturday, as I knew she was busy getting ready for her show. I couldn’t believe in the year+ that we’d known each other that I hadn’t already been to her studio. I felt guilty! Bad Man!
I’ve always admired her work, her ethics and her commitment to what she believes. But she’s also just really down to earth, and easy to talk to.
There was something that struck me about this drawing. “This Kitty and I Will Continue to Hang in There!” It seems more personal than a lot of the work going into the show. It’s earnest, heartfelt, and well, it just felt really honest. It was refreshing, actually, and a reminder that that’s exactly what I need to do. Hang in there.
During our visit we talked a lot about the difficulty of being an artist, especially over time, artistic legacy, the jobs we do along the way, relationships, ridiculous rules I’m imposing on future lovers, funny anecdotes about Beck… In my mind I kept going back to that kitteh, suspended forever in that drawing, just hanging in there. Right now, that’s exactly what I’m doing. And thank you Jen, for keeping me there!
At the time of our visit it wasn’t clear if this drawing was going in the show. Here’s to hoping it is. :) As far as the rest of the work in the show is concerned, better words about it will be written by people smarter than myself.
And thanks again Jen for opening your studio and mind to my shenanigans.
…Until next week…
Cool Guys Like You @ Winkleman Gallery
September 9 - October 15, 2011
Opens September 9
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM