Brandon Anschultz, Jerald Ieans, Eva Lundsager and Daniel Raedeke spoke with moderator Jim Schmidt last night at White Flag Projects about their exhibition (quite good and closing Dec 16), working strategies and the current abstract painting sensibility. Anschultz and Lundsager stole the show with thoughtful and sincere responses. Among them: opposing strategies of keeping a studio stocked with inspirations or free from distractions, wondering when neon orange will loose its charm and Battlestar Galactica as inspiration.
One of the best questions asked all evening — “Which bodies of knowledge do you collect to inform your work?” — seemed to make the panelists nervous. Apparently this is either a trade secret or the artists are not considering non-painting issues. With abstract painting’s history and conceptual restraints considered, the future of abstract painting will necessitate careful strategy.