CHRISTIE BLIZARD: THE ABSORPTION OF MEANING (January 22th, 2016 - February 20, 2016)


Painting while mud wrestling, skydiving, walking: Christie Blizard has long sought alternate means for the production and display of her work. For the last year, she has repeatedly hijacked television broadcasts as a viewing framework, simultaneously resituating the painted image outside of a traditional institutional context and breaking through the mass media construct. This exhibition includes documentation from Blizard’s ongoing and unsolicited appearances on the Today show and Good Morning America in which she holds up text-based paintings during live feeds—a prosaic, parodic and disruptive gesture that creates an unexpected aesthetic experience. She injects the mechanisms of poetry into generic television broadcasts, prompting meaningful readings of an otherwise predictable trope and its unparalleled potential as a catalyst for the absorption of cultural meaning. Also included in the exhibition are works that transpose her performances into new forms including related objects, giveaways and live performances during the opening and closing receptions. 


Blizard has exhibited widely, working in a variety of media that merge painting, poetry and performance. Recent venues include the McNay Art Museum, (San Antonio, TX); The Epitome Institute, (San Antonio, TX); the School of Visual Arts, (NY, NY); The Painting Center; (NY, NY); 1708 Gallery, (Richmond, VA); Women & Their Work, (Austin, TX); Lawndale Art Center, (Houston, TX); and NOMA Gallery, (San Francisco, CA). She has also received residencies at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, (Snowmass Village, CO); The MacDowell Colony, (Peterborough, NH); SIM Artist in Residency Program (Reykjavik, Iceland); and Centraltrack, (Dallas, TX). Her work has been featured in Art in AmericaArt News, Blouin ArtInfo and Hyperallergic.

This exhibition was funded in part by the Artist Foundation of San Antonio

Image: The Absorption of Meaning, (2015); video still


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