Jerry Blackman

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Artist's Statement

My most recent wall pieces substitute the conventional square canvas for a form that references its own history. Composed of scraps from other projects, these images of nothing conjure seductive and engaging narratives that the viewer is invited to interpret subjectively. Simple gestures of patterning, cutting, reassembling, and obscuring all function as agents in a visual language I can call personal without sentimentality. Often an ovoid or ring shape occurs: this clumsy geometry operates dualistically as the "window frame" into the world of illusory space, and as the flattening agent that mirrors the edge of the “canvas”. The representation of space is a metaphor for desire: the place we see but cannot enter. These paintings hope to simultaneously open up this world while revealing its fictitious nature.


Born 1984, Brooklyn
Solo Exhibitions
2009 Summer Session, Dam Stuhltrager Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2006 To All My Friends and Lovers From the Land of the Lost, Cooper Union, New York, NY
Group Exhibitions
2012 Birds, Bodies, and Bricolage, Toomer Labzda, New York, NY
Accumulations, J. Caciolla Fine Art, New York, NY
2011 Defiguration, (Re)Form Art, Brooklyn, NY
2010 Spring Has Sprung, Kipton Art @ Kirkers Fine Art, New York, NY
Younger Than Moses, Benrimon Contemporary, New York, NY
Untitled, CultureFix, New York, NY
Garage Sale, Judith Goldstein Gallery, Chatham, NY
2009 Boswijk America, Eastern District Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
The Living and the Dead, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, NY
Quality Service, Cooper Union, New York, NY
2005 And One for Grandma, Capsule Gallery, New York, NY
2006 BFA, Cooper Union, School of Art, New York, NY