The beauty of our digital age is access. I don’t recall exactly how I found the work of Derek Gores. Regardless, I am grateful. His rich, textural collages succeed in bringing another dimension to his subject, whether it’s a shoe or a person. Beyond the work, he also teaches workshops and is open about sharing his techniques and style with those interested.
The first time I gazed upon the work of Neo Rauch, I wrote him off as ‘meh’. Two days later, after the images kept creeping into my mind, I returned to the Met to spend hours with the work, forever changing my opinion. Rauch’s theatricality, and use of bizarrely juxtaposed images, all in an often muted palette on a large canvas, invite you into his world. In pictures where the paint itself may falter, the story shines, and vice versa; a recipe for perpetual interest.