Blake Baxter: Points in Time
Opening Reception: Friday March 29, 6-9pm
Artist Talk: Thursday May 2, 7pm
On view: March 29 – May 3, 2019
Gallery Hours: 11am – 4pm Thursday & Friday and by appointment
First Fridays April 5 & May 3, Gallery will be open 6-9pm
Buffalo, NY – Eleven Twenty Projects is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of paintings from Joshua Tree, California based artist Blake Baxter.
Baxter is best known for reductive monochromatic paintings incorporating aggregates such as sand and cement. His work is optical– focusing on light and space as a way to affect the gaze of the viewer. Often working with black acrylic washes and many dense layers of sand, he creates a reflection and movement that changes under different lighting conditions. This quality makes this work ever changing with direct viewing imperative. Even though the medium is static and minimalist, the darkest areas still glimmer.
Baxter reflects on the process: “My pieces are constructed with minimal materials. I follow repeatable processes of sequenced steps that yield variation despite my efforts to minimize the same. The result is a loosely structured communication, which, when met by perception, seeks to establish form. One might see a single piece recreated over and over, or individual pieces grouped by common values, or wholly unique objects defined by their relative distances from each other in time and space. As such, these are exercises in the interpretative power of consciousness, providing viewers a pathway towards separation from the mundane through a mediated process of observation.”
Selections on view are from the artist’s 2017 and 2018 series Black Painting and Enumeration.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Baxter was born in Los Angeles, and attended UCLA School of the Arts & Architecture before completing his BA in Fine Art at UC Santa Cruz. He has exhibited work in Oakland, Tacoma, Seattle, Chicago, Palm Springs, New York City and Los Angeles, and was an exhibiting member of the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. He lives today in Joshua Tree, CA.