New York’s center of gravity is a place where you can have all or nothing. Ideas, like people, stick to it or are pushed away like two of the same magnetic poles. While the stakes of making art in New York are often governed by this similar idea, generations of artists come to this city to see where they stand in relation to this magnetism.  Its surrounding literal and social architecture can be taken in many directions and angles, yet the focus on this center never shifts.
Hercules invited me to select a few artists that are definers of what it means to be making art in New York and some that are making their path in this particular landscape. How do they navigate this community of similar and dissimilar as well as their relationship with the physicality of New York City? What is their vantage point and how do they choose to live here?   While in many ways these artists are diverse, all are making interesting work that in one form or another speaks of New York’s current artistic climate.
I presented a few questions to these artists about their relationship to the city they call home.  Once a week for the next five weeks Hercules will feature an artist from this group.

Colin Snapp is an artist who lives and works in New York. To view his work please visit his website or stop by his current show at The Journal Gallery up until April 29th.


Daniel Turner is an artist currently living and working in New York City. Forming the basis for much of his work is the consideration of presence or absence, blending caustic materials (ranging from soot, vinyl, liquid aluminum, steel and kerosene) on or encased between surfaces that remain formally reflective and eloquent. Turner’s work often projects a sensual yet calming severity, providing the viewer with neither physical nor psychological solace.
Turner was born in Portsmouth Virginia and lives and works in New York, NY. His work has been shown in group exhibitions nationally and internationally including, Massimo De Carlo, Milan Italy; The Prague Biennial 5, Czech Republic; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; The Journal Gallery, New York, NY; Wallspace, New York, NY; and White Columns, New York, NY.

How has working in New York influenced your practice?  The spatial confinements have influenced my practice.  New York is an extremely dense environment both socially and physically. Which one would you say has a larger impact on your work? The physical.  How has the location you grew up in effected your process, and does this continue to influence your practice today?  It taught me a great deal about material, and yes this continues to influence my practice today.  What are you currently working on? Do you have any exhibitions approaching? Steel wool rubbings. White Cube in July, The Journal Gallery in September

Portraits by Cameron Krone
Text and curation by Colin Snapp