Foregrounding the Palisades
Foregrounding the Palisades
Glyndor Gallery | September 1—December 2, 2012
Flow System, 2012
C-prints and wood
Free-standing piece: 93" x 62" x 32"
Free-standing piece: 67" x 94 ½" x 20"
Wall installation: 67" x 121"x 14"
Courtesy of the artist
Spanish-born artist Isidro Blasco combines architecture, photography and sculptural installation to explore themes of perception and urbanism. His large-scale sculptures buttress three-dimensional, photographic collages in which shots are taken from a single spot, pivoting to look in multiple directions. The result is a fragmented view, a succession of various perspectives, which produces a dynamic experience of space that is at once alluring and disorienting. For Flow System, Blasco has taken hundreds of photographs of the Palisades, the Palisades Interstate Park and the George Washington Bridge from points in New Jersey, Washington Heights, Inwood and the Bronx. The images are assembled to create articulated, panoramic collages in three sculptures that respond to the space. The work is a departure for the artist, whose subject is often architecture and streetscapes. Here, he has focused on the rocks, trees and structures of the Palisades, presenting a multi-faceted rendering of this breathtaking, natural landscape.
Blasco’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including shows at Black and White Gallery/Project Space, New York, NY; Sala Alcalá 31, Madrid, Spain; Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney, Australia; Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China; Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY; and Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY. He has participated in several residencies, including the Jentel Artist Residency Program, Banner, Wyoming; the Rockefeller Foundation’s Arts & Literary Arts Residency at the Bellagio Center, Bellagio, Italy; and the Yaddo residency, Saratoga Springs, NY. He has received grants from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, among others. He received a BFA from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and did graduate work at Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid.
Photo credit: Stefan Hagen
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Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.