Ron Gorchov: In Conversation

Ron Gorchov, Brother, 2013, watercolor on handmade paper, 14 1/2 × 12 inches (co
Ron Gorchov, Brother, 2013, watercolor on handmade paper, 14 1/2 × 12 inches (courtesy of the artist and Lesley Heller Workspace)

Nathlie Provosty talks to painter Ron Gorchov about his work and career.

Gorchov remarks: "I really think that painting is about space and proportions and where things go; it’s what painting is. Form, if it isn’t the right color, it is not in the right place. And you know you can actually change the relationships a lot by changing the color a little... To me, art is really very much about the irrational. I don’t think you can rationalize why something is good, for instance. There are many definitions of art, but what strikes me as art is when something’s much better than it should be, when you just can’t figure out why it’s so good. In other words, you can’t use craft—that it’s meticulously made or that the colors are absolutely right. Something can be really good, and nothing’s right about it; it’s irrationally good."