Isidro Blasco: Shanghai at Last

Image: Isidro Blasco, Courtyard In The Old City, c-print, museum board, wood, 2008 / ©Isidro Blasco

Image: Isidro Blasco, Courtyard In The Old City, c-print, museum board, wood, 2008 / ©Isidro Blasco

Press Release / October 9 - November 16, 2008

BLACK & WHITE GALLERY // Chelsea is proud to present Shanghai At Last by Isidro Blasco.

This exhibition takes the unique architecture of Shanghai observed by the artist during his recent trip to China as its starting point. Blasco will fill the gallery with artist-designed architectural environments: impressive large- and small-scale, intimate habitat-like structures that merge mental, perceptual and physical spaces, actively encouraging viewers to become adventurous participants.

Exploring and developing the social and physical membranes between interior and exterior identities and spaces have always underscored Blasco’s work. Using digital photography and prosaic building materials, the artist reconfigures his surroundings, rendering the familiar unfamiliar and vice versa. “Every city has a different impact on my work. I try to respond to the way the city is affecting me through the way I respond to the space that I inhabit. By doing so, I connect my experience as an outsider who walks the streets and interacts with the city with my more intimate feelings about closed and private spaces”. 

Isidro Blasco (b. 1962 in Madrid) lives and works in New York. He exhibits widely both at home and internationally. Recent exhibitions include Tribute and Memory at the Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda in Santiago de Chile, Stretching the Truth at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, La Construcción del Paisaje Contemporáneo at the Centro de Arte y Naturaleza, Huesca, Spain, and Substance and Light: Ten Sculptors Use Cameras at the Museum of Art, Munson-Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY. He is a recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Visual Arts (2000). His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Baltimore Museum of Art, Chicago Institute of Contemporary Art, and several museums in his native Spain as well as in many private collections.