Friday, February 3, 2012

Julie Speed & Joseph Hammer

In the latest issue of ARTnews I noticed a review of Judy Speed's work at the Gerald Peters Gallery in New York. Her paintings and collages all speak to me. I was floored when I saw "Compass" (above). I have an attraction lately to square formats, particularly diagonal squares. (That black frame made me think of a collage I did called Boston.) Looking further, I discovered more of Speed's work, etchings, at Davis Gallery in Austin Texas. Some have strong red backgrounds that really knock you out.

And I couldn't help but notice the work of Joseph Hammer there as well. He makes such marvelous use of book parts and old type that I am left wondering why I am still sitting here at the keyboard when I could be downstairs working. I feel so inept today by comparison! Just look what he does:

He's got that four quadrant thing going on that reminds me so much of Roderick Slater.


paula said...

i can see why you like judy's work :) i think i like your boston better though!

AnitaNH said...

Thanks Paula! A second version of this collage was commissioned by the author of an amazing book titled "The Match." She is the friend of a good friend of mine--who bought "Boston" from me.