In the Studio: Moffat Takadiwa

Moffat Takadiwa sits down with Erik Sommer to talk about cultural identity, the mobilization of material, Tapfuma Gutsa, and the Mbare Art Space. I want to start a dialogue around colonial residue in Africa. (ES) Describe your work for us.(MT) I elevate daily remains of discarded consumer wastes and residue into sculptural forms that engage […]

In the Studio: Anna Pietrzak

Anna Pietrzak sits down with Erik Sommer to talk about her background in architecture, how she discovered gold leaf, the importance of trial and error, and the positive side effects of cleaning her studio. I only explore in larger finished pieces those that awaken excitement. (ES) First, describe your work for us.(AP) I try to […]

In the Studio: Marco Paul Lorenzetti

Marco Paul Lorenzetti sits down with Erik Sommer to talk about excess, the universal idea, memories of fishing, and committing to the process. My greatest surprise is when meaning is created without intention. (ES) Describe your work for us.(MPL) My work is about my life and memories. I use narrative as a structure to paint […]

In the Studio: Samuel Jablon

Samuel Jablon sits down with Erik Sommer to talk about his background in poetry, Joan Mitchell, feeling optimistically doomed, and taking his work to the next level. Once I start painting all I care about is the paint. (ES) First, describe your work for us.(SJ) My work is about poetry as much as it is […]

In the Studio: Joseph Clarke

As he prepares for a group show at Lewisham Arthouse Joseph Clarke checks in with Erik Sommer to talk about investigating instability, exploring space and context, researching historic art movements, and the documentation of process. Writing and researching have become integral to my practice. (ES) Describe your work for us.(JC) I am exploring the effect […]

In the Studio: Gabrielle Graessle

Gabrielle Graessle sits down with Erik Sommer to talk about The Forgetful Angel, her two greyhounds, her desire to open an artist residency, and the pros and cons of living in nowhereland. The drawings are not looking for a result. (ES) Describe your work for us.(GG) I draw a lot, all that surrounds me. What […]

In the Studio: Olve Sande

Olve Sande checks in from Oslo to speak with Erik Sommer about the influence of place, how he conceives his work, being inspired by reading, and testing new pieces against the mess of daily life. To work and to make things is just another way of thinking. (ES) Tell us a bit about your background. […]

In the Studio: Max Frintrop

Fresh off his show with Pam Glick at Ober Gallery, Max Frintrop checks in with Erik Sommer to talk about simple tomato sauces, gazing into a void, the rush of small ideas, and assisting with the fight against Coronavirus. Painting and I, this is a symbiosis. (ES) First, describe your work for us.(MF) It is […]

In the Studio: Katrine Kabel

Katrine Kabel sits down with Erik Sommer to talk about Gauguin, painting on her carpet, combinations of colors, and not making perfect art. I just found out I like crude and crummy art. (ES) Describe your work for us.(KK) I would describe it as explorational. Mostly within myself. Oh, and crummy. Tell us a bit […]

In the Studio: Dan Flanagan

Dan Flanagan sits down with Erik Sommer to talk about the Prado Museum, knocking on wood, political cartoons, and meeting Susan Rothenberg. I am heavily influenced by New York City. (ES) Describe your work for us.(DF) I would describe it simply as big drawings. Tell us a bit about your background. Where did you grow […]