Michelle Blade: Blow As Deep As You Want To Blow

Blow As Deep As You Want To Blow
New Work by Michelle Blade
February 19 – March 21, 2010

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Since her last solo show in 2008, Michelle Blade has been included in over ten diverse exhibitions, created two publications, and opened her own exhibition space in Oakland called Sight School. Blade’s work often intersects with her engagement in social practice. As a natural result there are often several points of entry when deriving meaning from each image.

For her solo show, Blade took over all three of the exhibition spaces at Triple Base—the project space, the backroom and the Triple Basement—with an installation of paintings and painted sculptures. This cohesive body of work explores pattern and color, geared towards understanding the role of the artist as a maker of meaning. Blade creates painted forms that encompass layers of understanding-as illuminated in her depictions of famous literary works, ancient textile patterns, and locations of discovery and mysticism. Blade looks towards history, philosophy, spirituality, nature, anthropology and common culture as both inspiration and fodder.

Blow As Deep As You Want to Blow is comprised of color saturated works that explore Blade’s quest for understanding and can be considered somewhere in between imagination and truth.

Blade has had solo shows at Jack Hanley Gallery and Parklife, in San Francisco, CA. She has been featured in group shows at the San Francisco Arts Comission Gallery, SF; VI Gallery, Denmark; Space 1026, in PA; Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles; Union Gallery, London; and Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart,Germany. In 2007 she received the Murphy-Cadogan Fellowship and All College Honors from California College of the Arts. Her work has been featured on NPR and written about in FADER, Nylon Magazine, Yeti Magazine, and New York Times Magazine.

Watch XLR8R’s Video Profile of Michelle Blade

Art Practical Interview


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