On Scale: Corydon Cowansage Paintings

By Catherine Haggarty / April 6, 2018

When I look at Corydon Cowansage’s paintings two things come to mind immediately: scale & value. Although these are simple observations, the work’s reach does not fall short of complex and innovative. The manner in which Corydon chooses her paint format, crops her subjects, and economically applies her paint makes her paintings about so much…

Creating What is Missing

By Catherine Haggarty / March 27, 2018

I don’t believe in waiting for opportunities. I think in many ways creating what is missing from your respective world is the best way to navigate personally and professionally. For me, it drives my paintings and also my professional life as a curator and lecturer. In many ways, One River School is the perfect model…

Artist in Focus: Rebecca Ness

By Catherine Haggarty / March 20, 2018

Rebecca Ness is currently a M.F.A candidate at Yale University New Haven, CT. Ness’s work tows the line between abstraction and representation, but is rooted in sensational compositional decisions that make the viewer question both physical and psychological space in humorous and relatable ways. Her paintings range in subject, with figures in static motion tying…

On Collecting Art & Building Culture

By Catherine Haggarty / March 9, 2018

There is a misunderstanding that one who collects art has to be wealthy. I recognize this makes sense, as art is typically expensive and not in everyone’s monthly budget. I thought this way until I heard a Donna Nelson artist talk at The New School in 2015. Donna, an acclaimed painter and professor at the…

Studio Practices: Notice What You Notice

By Catherine Haggarty / February 24, 2018

In 2011, I sat in awe at a painting lecture by the great Catherine Murphy as she proudly bellowed “What’s the story and how you ‘gonna tell it?’” Catherine Murphy, a legendary representational painter who stands steadfast in her commitment to painting and observing daily life, is a bold and exemplary example of an artist who…

Artist Profile: Adam Handler

By Catherine Haggarty / February 16, 2018

Last year, while scrolling through Instagram, I stumbled upon the work of Adam Handler and was intrigued to follow along.  His paintings are physical, haptic, colorful and almost primitive. His language in painting does not appear academic – although he did study Art and Art History at SUNY Purchase. His inspirations for his work stem…