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The symbolic imagery featured in Sky Flowers, of loose petals falling from floating blooms, is a beautiful example of the artist’s preoccupation with the fleeting nature of life. “A flower has such a short life span; it blooms and it is so majestic at its height but then it just falls away”, he once said in response to these paintings, the first of which he began about five years ago. “I find pleasure in painting them and then seeing what happens when they become just a trace of something left. I’ve always been amazed by what’s not there anymore.”
—Courtesy of Phillips
Signature: Signed, titled and dated "Ross Bleckner Sky Flowers 2004" on the reverse, framed.
Scott White Contemporary Art, San Diego
Phillips, New York, September 17, 2015, lot 152
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
Ross Bleckner’s immersive, large-scale paintings elicit a powerful hypnotic, dizzying effect. Whether pure abstraction of stripes or dots or more representational renderings of birds, flowers, and urns, Bleckner’s work recalls Op Art and the obsessive and mysterious luminosity of Yayoi Kusama’s Polka-dot paintings. Smoothly layered on the canvas surface against a darker gray background, his multicolored volumetric circles or “cells” look like droplets of blood or molecules viewed under a microscope. Emerging as a prominent artist in New York during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, Bleckner’s paintings, like memento mori, often suggest meditations on the body, health, disease, and especially AIDS-related death.
American, b. 1949, New York, New York, based in New York, New York