Xinyi Cheng, a graduate student at MICA who was featured in Show #17: Drunk Tank Pink, is having her thesis show at the end of the month! If you’re in the area, check it out - the show is up from April 25th to May 4th at the Decker Gallery. More info here!
Above: Xinyi Cheng, the Haircut, 2014, Oil on Linen, 36 x 40 inches
Painting is a physical activity. We don’t distrust the kind of pleasure we get from cooking or dancing or yoga. In fact, we trust there is great intelligence in the body. But we don’t always trust what the body did on a painting, without being able to explain or justify it, without being able to construct an armature of French linguistic theory around it. It is hard for people to say, “I don’t know why I put that blue in the corner,” or, “The orange tipped over, and I ended up with this.” But that kind of a physical joy is contagious and it communicates. That is why we love painting.