‘Depart de biscottes,’ is a French expression for a difficult start; Biscottes is a kind of dried toast commonly eaten for breakfast; they are very fragile and tend to break easily. It can be used to explain the situation of looking at a past event from the present perspective and seeing that the task you thought was difficult was actually very easy.
Blair’s paintings are amalgamations of meticulous research and explorations into violence, politics and philosophy. He is interested in what is our shared reality? Politically his work questions what time are we in? And if all of us in the same time?
The paintings do not singularly operate inside the scope of violence – they are influenced heavily by the world of paint –Blair does not think in words of concepts but in images and references. Historical shifts in thought and reality can be seen in paintings of the past. Courbet’s ‘L’Origine du monde’ or Caravaggio’s ‘Judith beheading Holofernes.’ Have something to say about the past and our current present reality. Blair has spent a few months travelling to Florence, Antwerp, Rotterdam and New York on residences and scholarships. Primarily looking at paintings from the Renaissance, and studying Dromology and the logic of speed.
The work on show is a combination of his interest in Violence, Speed and Politics, Reality, War and Life. This is Blair’s perspective of our current shared reality. The paintings are colourful and energetic. They are relatively simple and very beautiful, but upon deeper inspection the undertones of violence and tragedy shimmer through. The paint is delicious and precarious. An innocent girl placing her hand into Pandora’s box is juxtaposed next to a horse subsuming to something more serious.