Jordan Casteel: Interview

Jordan Casteel, Ron and Jordan, 2015, oil on canvas, 72 x 54 inches (courtesy of
Jordan Casteel, Ron and Jordan, 2015, oil on canvas, 72 x 54 inches (courtesy of Sargent's Daughters)

Allie Biswas interviews painter Jordan Casteel on the occasion of the exhibition Brothers at Sargent's Daughters, New York, on view through November 15, 2015.

Casteel comments: "The current show features groups of figures as opposed to a singular figure. Yes, this development is directly related to how one male feels in relation to the others in his group, but individual identify is not lost in that. As a painter, the challenge lies in insisting on individual identity in the midst of others. My intent has been to draw into question the relationship between individuals as well as highlight each model’s uniqueness. The viewer’s reflections are going to be inherently present when dealing with the figure. However, for me, it is about challenging assumptions and moving into connection/reflection."