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.