Nolan Simon Portraits

8 Jan 2015 – 15 Feb 2015

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11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00

47 Canal

New York
New York, United States


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These paintings aren’t portraits, strictly speaking. I was being glib. But, every time I attempt to address the question of meaning, I find myself halting before the vastness and spiraling self-referentiality of the question. Maybe it’s that everything is also everything else now. Everything has bad boundaries. Everything has a thumb on everything else’s scale. But these paintings aren’t about fitting things back into their proper boundaries. There is no external structure worth returning to. They’re not about figuring out what’s inside and what’s outside and they’re certainly not about being discreet. Aren’t all paintings portraits, in a way? Of the artist, at least? This was one of the first questions I got asked. I don’t remember who asked, come to think of it. It doesn’t really matter. The question itself suggested that this is all about trying to look casual. Or maybe trying to fake casual which I like better regardless. But it eschews what’s involved in truly getting to know something by making a picture of it. Some paintings look like language in order to alert us precisely to their unreadability. At the time I was reminded of this saying, “…and so we repudiate everything with indescribable composure.” But, in a way that was the point. With these paintings, I mean. The endless revisability and multi-dimentionality and sewing together of everything in nets and webs that become dense and reflective, like mirrors. Habits become images. Then I make them into paintings, and the paintings have an infrastructure, the way a joke has a rhythm and logic to it. I’m terrible at telling jokes


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