Video blog post featuring the short Julian Schnabel: In the Course of Seven Days by Porfirio Munoz. The exhibition Julian Schnabel: View of Dawn in the Tropics: Paintings, 1989-1990 is on view at Gagosian Gallery, New York, through May 31, 2014.
In the film Schnabel remarks: "I started to use different kinds of materials because I was looking for some kind of new way to paint... working with things that already exist affords you associations that are beyond your invention... I see opportunities everywhere as paintings, in images that already exist, in surfaces that will repsond to paint a certain way, or it might come from an accident... I realized a picture could be the architecture of a painting... so I would select thigns that already had pictures -images of things impregnated on them - and then I could treat them as a blank canvas... let them inform what I was doing and make me react to what was there and come out with a hybrid painting... it has a much to do with reacting rather than acting."