KATE MCGARRY GALLERY- JOSH BLACKWELL Never Uses

JOSH BLACKWELL- IMAGES FROM KATE MCGARRY WEBSITE

JOSH BLACKWELL-
IMAGES FROM KATE MCGARRY WEBSITE

JOSH BLACKWELL

JOSH BLACKWELL

My ‘housewife’ friend took me to see one of her favourite galleries the other day. She went along to the talk Josh Blackwell was giving too. He changes plastic bags into beautiful objects, which she says reminded her of bear’s faces. There were simply quite beautiful.

17 January – 1 March 2014

This is Kate Mcgarry’s press release for the show.

Kate MacGarry is pleased to announce Never Uses, Josh Blackwell’s fourth solo exhibition at the gallery. Blackwell has created an installation from his seriesPlastic Baskets: found plastic bags embroidered with wool, silk and paper. The bags’ brightly coloured forms will cascade across the main wall of the gallery and onto a casual mural painted in situ. The bags are suggestive of tribal masks, body parts, amateur maps and broken computers.

Blackwell began this series of works during a residency at the Delfina Foundation in London in 2005. Exploring the overlaps between convenience, redundancy, and excess, Blackwell transforms the ultimate disposable object, the plastic bag, into something precious, elegantly crafted and obsessively detailed. The bags are collected by the artist as he finds them in New York City, and are accepted in their degraded form. They undergo various processes of alteration, from simple to elaborate, small to large and low key to highly coloured, in the artist’s quest to make something very ordinary into something extraordinary.

Josh Blackwell, born 1972 in New Orleans, lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He studied at Bennington College and CalArts. Recent exhibitions include: Our Haus, Salon 94, New York, 2013; A Conspiracy of Detail, Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland, 2013; Glaze, Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris, 2012;Josh Blackwell and Roger White, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA, 2011; A New Hook: Rethinking Needlework, Museum Bellerive, Zurich, Switzerland, 2011; Winter in America, Tanja Pol Galerie, Munich, Germany, 2011 and Material Issues and Other Matters, CANADA, New York, NY, 2010.

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JOSH BLACKWELL Never Uses

17 January – 1 March 2014

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