October 07 – November 05, 2010
Artist: Alex Blau
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 7, 6 – 8PM
ISE Cultural Foundation is pleased to present “Paintings and Prints by Alex Blau” at Front Space.
Alex Blau’s geometric paintings draw from a variety of sources and have unexpected associations. Their intricate surfaces recall the¡¡hallucinatory sweetness of candy packaging, the natural beauty of flowers and historical decorative motifs like quilting and Islamic tile. By variously utilizing graphic languages associated with disposable consumer goods, computer generated architectures and unfolding mandalas, Blau’s work both points to abstraction’s open-ended possibility and highlights its incorporation into mass culture. With lines that cross, twist and turn, patterns emerge that form a rhythmic mosaic of colors and shapes in the world.
Her small-scale works are made by pouring layers of clear acrylic over alternating layers of airbrushed patterning. By building up the paint on shaped canvasses, Blau reinforces the sculptural quality of her work. In each layer slight cracking and variations in surface become embedded in the work, lending the paintings an obsessively-worked, handmade quality reminiscent of custom surfboard shaping and painting.
Alex Blau received her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. She has had solo shows at several venues, including Mark Moore Gallery in Santa Monica, Kevin Bruk Gallery in Miami, Barbara Davis Gallery in Houston and the New Britain Museum of American Art. She recently moved from Brooklyn, NY to the Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass Village, CO.