By Scott Gutterman
OCT 2020 | Music
Ive sometimes puzzled over what people mean when they say, be fully present. But my nights at Barbès often provided a natural version of that phrase. It was like a literal expression of that beautiful Rumi line, I have fallen into the place where everything is music.
JUL-AUG 2022 | Art
In early May, Spencer Sweeneys exhibition Perfect opened at the Brant Foundation. The drawings and paintings that spanned across the two floors of the foundation represented fifteen years of work and achieved the depth and dimension of both a retrospective and a concert . When the energy finally settled from the opening, we talked in his studio, where I found myself surrounded by the same palpable excitement and energy captured at the Brant. Next to his drums and guitars, and flanked by a ring of booming paintings still in progress, we discussed the shared spaces of music and painting, how painting can be used to anticipate and store the energy of an announcement, and how self-portraits can hold the tension of contradictions to emanate and reflect the soul.