EMAIL: A note to Mira Schor

Inspired by Raphael Rubinstein’s approach to the Artseen section of The Brooklyn Rail, EMAIL is a new section featuring short posts based on notes written to other artists.


Hi Mira,

I stopped by your show�on Saturday and particularly love the white
painting on the wall near the office: esp. the relative chalkiness of
the paint, the�visible decision-making around the feet, and the whoosh of..whatever�that is (!) going through the windows. The tension between text and image as well as the small scale successfully address the urge to make work that�s�personal, political and conceptual (all at once) that you talked about during your lecture at American University.

Sometimes words,�especially for writer-artists, are so important to the process, they�can’t be eliminated–even in a medium as visual as painting. But,�interestingly, I find the pieces with faint or no text the most compelling…and�yet, they need to be seen alongside the text-ier ones for the lightness (and absence) to be as powerful. That�thin, yellow-y tracing paper is a perfect choice for the ink�studies in the backroom–the flimsiness is intriguing…and lovely. Congratulations on a fine�show. But perhaps I should be posting this to the blog…?

Anyway, please tell your students I enjoyed visiting their studios on Friday–thanks for the invitation. I will print and sign the PDF and put it in the mail today or tomorrow.

All best,

� Mira Schor, Negative of the Positive, 2012, nk, graphite, and gesso on linen,�24 x 28 inches.


�Mira Schor, The Porous Wall, 2012, oil on linen, 18 x 30 inches.


Mira Schor, This is the Future, 2012, oil on linen, 24 x 28 inches.


Mira Schor, installation of drawings on paper, Marvelli Gallery.

Mira Schor, My Dreams Are Emptied Out, 2011, ink, rabbit skin glue, and gesso on�white linen, 12 x 16 inches

Mira Schor: Voice and Speech,” Marvelli Gallery, New York, NY. Through April 28, 2012.

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