Gary Stephan: State of Otherness

Drawing by Gary Stephan (photo John Yau, courtesy of the artist)
Drawing by Gary Stephan (photo John Yau, courtesy of the artist)

After visiting painter Gary Stephan's studio, John Yau muses on Stephan's new work.

Yau writes: "Gary Stephan has moved into a place where he is operating without a safety net, where there is no justification or theory that supports what he does, or even the move he makes in a particular work, but there it is, looking back at you. I think that moment where the work reaches a state of otherness is one to be sought after — where you are no longer speaking to it, but it is speaking to you, and you may not even understand what it is saying."