Triple Base is proud to announce Michelle Blade’s solo exhibition Blow as Deep As You Want to Blow, opening on February 19th. Since her last solo show in 2008, Blade has been included in over ten diverse exhibitions, created two publications, and opened her own exhibition space in Oakland called Sight School.
Michelle 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 will take 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 and if it had to be summed up - the exhibition is geared towards understanding the role of the artist as a maker of meaning. Blade creates painted forms and symbols that encompass layers of understanding as seen by an artist working to discover knowledge. This is evident in the artistic choices Blade has made and is 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.