IA: "What I do to freestanding images is like entering a film montage; there’s no middle, there’s no end. You just come into a piece mid-situation. And I can’t really tell the viewer how to interpret it. Because the meaning shifts with everyone who comes to the work—whether they’re male, female, old, young, middle aged, from different backgrounds—everything is very personal. You come to my work with your baggage, with your life experience." PSJ "...you make up these statements and have split screens in your paintings, yet they’re so bizarre that even if they were all declarative sentences, one would go, What the hell is she declaring? The syntax is strange. The image/word choice and juxtaposition is calculated to dislocate the reader. There are things going on in these paintings that keep you from blithely connecting the dots and leaving."
IA "Well, it is a dislocation. It’s all like real life: at times, you can’t tell what’s going on; there are random, disconnected events."
Ida Applebroog. I was wowed by an exhibit of her work at the Ronald Feldman Gallery sometime in the late 1980's, and several decades later, her body of work still feels as odd, jarring, raw, honest, and contemporary as it did back then. The excerpts below from a 1999 Interview with Ida Applebroog by Patricia Spears Jones in Bomb Magazine capture the power of Applebroog's imagery:It's been a long while since I posted on this site, so it's fitting to start again with some work by