Douglas Witmer: Interview

Douglas Witmer, Guiding Light, 2012 (courtesy of Blank Space)
Douglas Witmer, Guiding Light, 2012 (courtesy of Blank Space)

Valerie Brennan interviews painter Douglas Witmer about his work and process. Witmer's exhibition All Kinds of Ways to Your Garden was recently on view at Blank Space, New York.

Witmer comments: "Even though my current work may be categorized as geometric, I think I'm quite 'gestural' in my approach to it. Almost every decision I make ultimately comes down to how it feels, or how I imagine that the result will feel to me physically. And when I say physically, let's not forget 'optically.' Seeing often gets connected to thinking very quickly…perhaps more quickly than any of the other senses. I want to stay as long as possible in the moment of feeling myself seeing. I feel best about my work when I feel myself wanting to keep looking at it for the feeling I get when I see it."