Wednesday, July 2, 2008
affinities, alignments, and collisions : curated by robert blake
my mentor and friend, roberto, has spent the last few months working on this show, with tremendous success! the layout of the space allows the viewer to amble freely, and notice, at one's own leisure, the symmetry of form and play of color. unlike many group shows, this show works much like a bouncy ball- you can look ahead or behind and side to side, and the energy is consistent, vibrant and thoughtful. to be in such an intimate setting amongst such revered work is a true delight. i really couldn't recommend it more.
the aligned artists are: john baldessari, uta barth, vija celmins, thomas demand, olafur eliasson, candida höfer, shin il kim, robert longo, christian marclay, jennifer+kevin mccoy, asako narahashi, rivane neuenschwander, gabriel orozco, ed ruscha, thomas struth, fiona tan, jeff wall...an impressive roster for which the show title was astute.
601artspace is located at 601 west 26th
while it is only open by appointment, you can view the show by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
congratulations to rb for an impressive feat of precise perfection.
backstory:i met robert at the international center of photography in the fall of 2005, at the recommendation of our mutual foto friend, suzanne mejean. i showed him my work, a mixed bag of 20x24 color darkroom prints and my senior thesis portfolio. he loved the work but said, "you're not there yet." this was the most astute thing anyone had said to me in regard to my work, perhaps ever. i joined his program immediately and became the only student in icp history to do almost two years in the general studies program. he has just left icp behind him after 22 years, and i would like to virtually toast him on his future success, involving his art, curatorial endeavors and existential freedom.