MFA Fine Arts Department faculty member Marilyn Minter was recently featured in The New York Times Style Magazine for her new paintings, currently on display at Salon 94 Bowery (243 Bowery, New York City) through December 4. In the article, writer Linda Yablonsky notes that Minter’s works are perhaps most recognizable for their excessively close attention to the topography of flesh—beads of sweat, open pores, or freckles—and that the excessive closeness causes those imperfections to look more like glorious costume jewels. “Everything I do is wet and sweaty,” Yablonsky quoted Minter as saying during the show’s installation in October. “I don’t know why—maybe because I sweat so much? But my mother used to tell me that when I was a baby I’d turn on the water in the tub and watch it run for hours.”
Minter begins her process by staging photo shoots with film, using conventional darkroom processes and without cropping or digitally manipulating the resulting photographs. Her paintings, on the other hand, are made by using Photoshop to rearrange combinations of negatives to create new images. The reconstrued image is then turned into a painting. “It’s all illusion!” Minter told Yablonsky. “That’s why I love painting. The images in these may fall apart when you get close, but that’s why I’m not photo-realist. I hate it when people call me that. I’m a realist!”
To read the full article, visit The New York Times Style Magazine.