Re: FRAGMENTS EXHIBITION New Delhi India
The India International Center, in association with Kehrig Fine Art, is pleased to present Blake and his series of Fragments sculpture.
Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 20 6:30 – 9pm
Exhibition: Wednesday, March 21– Monday, March 27, 2012
Gandhi-King Memorial Plaza
India International Center
40, Max Mueller Marg
New Delhi-110 003
Fragments is an exploration of mankind’s ancient ideas of beauty in human sculpture and how this beauty holds up in modern times, broken by the destructive nature of our history, but never-the-less, intact.
Blake’s bronze sculptures stand as representations not only of the fusion between classical and post-modern art, but more importantly, the period of time between.
There is no doubt that classical sculpture is revered in its own right, but Blake examines its role in history in a unique and clever way. He created the Fragments sculptures as representations of great civilizations that glorified war and military expansion. And yet, these are beautiful works of art that stand alone from their historical reference to violence. These works invite us to re-consider our notions of classical beauty just as new archeological finds challenge our established views of history.
In Fragments, Blake seeks to draw attention to our ideas of the aesthetic by creating purposefully de-constructed sculptures. Working in clay, later casting in bronze, Blake deliberately ‘de-sculpts’, breaking his creations to make them resemble their timeless counterparts.
But Blake’s ambition is not to copy ancient forms, nor is it to extol their beauty. In their de-constructed state, Blake’s sculptures raise awareness about the destructive nature of war and its devastating effect on innocent people.
Blake’s Fragments do not represent gods, great heroes or mythical figures. Their names are not taken from history books, but named for brands (yes there are brands) of landmines. Adam m72. Claymore M18A1. Sadeye CBU -75. These names hold the fate of individuals just as those from history did.
Their bronze faces are as anonymous as the civilian casualties of war, relegated too often to numerical lists and ambiguous news reports. These sculptures are beautiful, worn down, and yet conversely, full of life and triumph as symbols of survival and a hopeful future.
Since the beginning of the international Fragments sculpture tour in London in 2007, the Fragments sculptures have become symbols of hope for activists working to remove the scourge of landmines from developing countries. In association with No-More-Landmines & Adopt-A-Minefield of the United Nations, Fragment sculptures have already cleared several minefields and saved countless lives. It is our pleasure to bring Blake’s Fragments sculptures to India for the first time.