Priscilla Frank interviews painter Dana Schutz whose work will be on view at The Hepworth Wakefield from October 12, 2013 – January 26, 2014.
Schutz comments: "The new works, I think, are more open — they involve more abstract, painterly gestures. The subjects have a lot to do with the last show, in that they are performing or demonstrating different actions and creating these sort of awkward situations. For example, in one painting there is a woman watching her friend sing and play guitar in a bedroom. I like the feeling of not knowing where to look when you are only performing for one person or watching someone practice. It creates this kind of a strange in-between, which can be mirrored in the feeling of making a painting. I was drawing and redrawing the image on the canvas beforehand and it really feels as if you are rehearsing the image. There was a lot of wiping things out, making sure I got the gesture just right."