How Do You Depict a Feeling?
“They can continuously make and re-make meaning if they’re any good.”
New York-based Dana Schutz is widely considered one of the most talented painters of her generation. We visited the American artist in her Brooklyn-studio to talk about the inherent power and potential of paintings.
Schutz feels that her paintings come from language and its openness: “Like a phrase or a set of words that can begin to open up a space, that could begin to be a painting.” In this way, one of her recent paintings set off in the phrase “trouble in appearance,” which she tried to figure out how to represent pictorially: “Sometimes I think that the phrases can actually come more from a feeling, like how do you begin to depict a feeling?” Furthermore, Schutz believes that paintings often say more about us than about themselves, continually changing with every viewer and even with yourself when you look at them at different times and in different places: “They can continuously make and re-make meaning if they’re any good.”
Dana Schutz (b. 1976) is an American artist, known for her humorous, gestural paintings that take on specific – often unconventional – subjects or narrative situations as the point of departure. Solo exhibitions include Site Santa Fe in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Rose Art Museum in Waltham, Massachusetts, The Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal in Montreal, The Metropolitan Opera in New York and Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin in Paris. She has participated in group exhibitions including at the Venice Biennial, MoMA PS1 and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Kunsthaus Zürich. Schutz’ work can be found in museums and public collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Tel Aviv Museum of Art. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Dana Schutz was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner at her studio in Brooklyn, New York in April 2019.
Camera: Jakob Solbakken
Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner
Cover photo: A cropped version of ‘Self-Portrait Googling’, 2006 by Dana Schutz. Courtesy of the artist
Edited by: Klaus Elmer
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2019
Supported by Nordea fonden