We became aware of a space in which there was just the apex of a pyramid…. then realized over a period of years that the apex was actually one corner of a cube. Many years pass by, and we become conscious of a blob growing on the lower corner of the cube, which had been the original apex corner. As the blob grows, we realize that it’s our brain… and some years later we realize other people are there too... *
After I ACCEPT closes this week, posters may still be available.
Lucas Blalock was ten in 1989, when his thumb was crushed beyond repair in a freak accident on Disney World’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride and surgically replaced with his big toe. The procedure was somewhat experimental… but Blalock was able to maintain nearly normal use of his hand, thanks to his novel cut-and-paste digit…
As you might imagine, the psychic and physiological aftermath from the event has been ongoing. Some of this fallout was jarring, disruptive, paradigm-shifting… There is no aspect of Blalock’s work that was not shaped by this personal tragedy.*
A show of new work by Blalock is in its final weeks in New York. See link below for details.
A more collaborative and sharing practice has always been important to me as a counterbalance to the more studio-intensive things that I create on my own. It can be super lonely just making these incredibly detailed paintings. So I have always needed that balance of also doing things that have a different set of criteria, where you are not just relying on your own set of ethics or style. And I would say working closely and productively with someone from a different discipline—as is the case with Beca and me—is a brilliant experience.* Sometimes it can be complicated collaborating with another fine artist, but with design, there is just so much more flexibility and space for each person to come to the fore at different times. — LucyMcKenzie
Painting, design, installation, Madeleine Vionnet, and Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya all come together in NO MOTIVE, the new show by McKenzie now on view in New York.