Blasco's large scale architectural photo installation reconstructs perspectival fragmentations of the gallery space alongside a prismatic recreation of a Dumbo streetscape.
Also on view in the gallery:
Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program Fall 2011 Open Studios on the lower level.
Saturday, September 24, 12-8pm and Sunday, September 25, 12-6pm
Also on view for the Dumbo Arts Festival:
Janet Biggs, WET EXIT at the Waterfront Amphitheater in the Brooklyn Bridge Park, entrance at Main and Plymouth Street. Performance dates: September 23 and 24 at 8:30pm
Shannon Plumb, The Window Series September 23-25, 8:00pm-midnight
The Windows Series will be projected onto the second story windows of 111 Front Street. The projections can be seen from the sidewalk at the corner of Front and Washington Streets and Front and Adams Streets.
Making his home his muse, the Madrid-born New York-based artist Isidro Blasco constructs photographic sculptures and multimedia installations from fragmented images of the place where he lives, the places he exhibits work and the places he visits. For Blasco, the process of re-imagining physical space is a way of life. By snapping photos from multiple perspectives of plain spaces—often his apartment, but also empty art galleries and generic stairwells—then rearranging them in mosaic-like patterns that correspond to the actual space, Blasco makes a simple but profound statement: we each uniquely perceive where we are, sometimes dramatically so.
Influenced as much by a childhood spent toiling in his parents' Madrid ceramics factory as by his (unfinished) graduate studies in architectural theory, Blasco is a pioneer in exploring how an artwork's relationship to the spot where the viewer is standing makes the viewer feel.
My work recreates the architectural space of a particular section of the built environment according to a subjective perception. A very large construction made with hundreds of photographs will be representing the actual space of the main gallery; with some ramifications to the outside space: the actual streets of DUMBO in Brooklyn. The multifaceted, multilayered and deconstructed result, will be an amazing explosion of color and dynamism. Visually engaging and mind-bending"
Isidro Blasco was born in Madrid in 1962 and moved to New York in 1996. He has a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts from Autonoma University of Madrid, Spain and he is a candidate for a Ph.D. at the Architectural School of Madrid. He attended the Spanish Academy in Rome in 1991, received Pollock Krasner Foundation Grants in 1998 and 2010 and a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship in Visual Arts in 2000.
Isidro Blasco has shown extensively in the US and Europe as well as in Shanghai, Sydney and Santiago de Chile. He has had solo exhibitions in New York at P.S.1, Queens, NY and at the Queens Museum of Art. Exhibitions also include the Whitney Museum, Champion Branch, NYC; the Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, San José, Costa Rica; El Museo del Barrio, NYC; Sculpture Center, Queens, NY; and at the Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College, NYC. He will be participating at the upcoming Helsinki Photography Biennial 2012 in Finland.