Geary’s online initiative opened on Tuesday, April 21, and will continue through the reopening of the gallery’s physical space on the Bowery in New York City. Prazniak’s statement on Modern Country follows:
This was a year of travel and change, so I had the idea to use those experiences to make a picture album. The project, I thought, was a simple way to stitch together color and place. But thoughts and things drift into the studio to lead and mislead, and there’s a complex freedom in that powerlessness. As I acted on simpler impulses the rules loosened and the scope of the album broadened.
Drawing has always been my base camp, and it became the central language of the paintings, in some cases even dictating the content. I felt that travel, record-keeping, touch, pressure, wind, were all forms of drawing guiding an experiment in genre.
And I was listening to a lot of Emmylou Harris.