Kadar Brock: Interview

Kadar Brock, Demiusfim, oil, acrylic, flashe, house paint and spray-paint on can
Kadar Brock, Demiusfim, oil, acrylic, flashe, house paint and spray-paint on canvas, 60 x 45 inches, 2004-2011 (courtesy of the artist)

Steven Cox interviews painter Kadar Brock, whose work will be on view at The Hole, New York through October 10, 2013.

Asked about his "ritual-as-process approach," Brock remarks that "the rituals really started as an extension of, and as a way to manifest, my desire to divest intuition from painting, as a way to push out the more subjective and expressionistic aspects of painting. My long-term desire in painting has always been to talk about the sublime, the spiritual, and belief structures as they pertain to both painting historically, and how we perceive our day-to-day existence. At a certain point it became very apparent to me that the reliance on subjective expressionism, and believing in the autonomy of, and translation through, gesture was super flawed. So I started setting up rituals to dredge those beliefs, and those rituals simultaneously embody and leave a residue that, I think, touches on my larger goals. That said, there are of course judgment calls, and those are intuitive. When to sand, when to stop sanding, to do more layers or not, are all subjective and intuitive decisions. Intuition doesn't enter into what I do, just if I continue to do it."