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 […]

In the Studio: Rachel Howard

Rachel Howard sits down with Erik Sommer to talk about her use of control and chance, misappropriating material, the importance of drawing, and the privilege of living with art in the house. I never follow the instructions. (ES) Describe your work for us.(RH) I do not have a style per se, as I do not […]

In the Studio: Andrea Carpita

Andrea Carpita sits down with Erik Sommer to talk about his recognizable palette, his use of digital sketches, the importance of staying connected, and Kurt Cobain. I am looking for a way to paint everything. (ES) Describe your work for us.(AC) This is the most complex question. I do not have a clear answer to […]

In the Studio: Hetty Douglas

Hetty Douglas sits down with Erik Sommer to talk about her love of Pink Angels, the bluntness of text, making herself vulnerable to the canvas, and finding comfort in texture. I just love to paint. (ES) Describe your work for us.(HD) An exploration of self, surrounding fears, feelings of confusion, sadness, hate, love and hope. […]

In the Studio: Cristina de Miguel

Cristina de Miguel sits down with Erik Sommer to talk about hot Sevillian summers, the immediacy of painting, being honest with herself, and the importance of taking dance breaks. I am full of contradictions. (ES) Describe your work for us.(CdM) My approach to painting is very emotional.  I try to think in formal terms also, […]

In the Studio: Ricardo Passaporte

Ricardo Passaporte sits down with Erik Sommer to talk about Freddie Brice, Google street view, logos and brands, and not chilling in his studio. I like to see silver on concrete. (ES) Describe your work for us.(RP) It is not easy for me. The moments when I think about my work are before I start […]

In the Studio: Marco Pariani

Marco Pariani sits down with Erik Sommer to talk about his childhood outside of Milan, how living in Brooklyn has influenced his work, his relationship with oil and spray paint, and how he hates routines. I feel like I am a part of something and this is cool. (ES) First, describe your work for us.(MP) […]