OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, May 3rd, 6-8pm
The Page Bond Gallery is pleased to present: Diurnal Rhythms, a selection of new work by Karen Blair. Why paint?” asks Karen Blair, musing upon the evolution of the rendered image. From the marvels of ancient cave paintings, the master works of da Vinci, to the shifting tableaux of Bill Viola’s digital portraits in the new media age, Blair views her role as a contemporary artist as that of a mediator of sorts—to “sift through the accumulation, rearrange it and make it both coherent and beautiful.” Given the shifting scales of historical, aesthetic and technological continuities, Blair sees her paintings as “hieroglyphs” edited from the surplus of our present cultural overload. Blair’s works evolve over months, layering information in measures that are “added, obscured, and reemphasized”. In this way, Blair’s paintings exist as narratives shaped by the same mechanisms of History in our informational and visual worlds.