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Blake 08-17-2011 12:59 AM

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Collectors Contemporary Gallery Singapore
The opening was great fun
I love the fact that Gary and Alvin kept the walls clear, this is what makes a sculpture show... well then there is of course the sculpture!

Blake 08-17-2011 01:09 AM

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Fragments Exhibition Singapore August 04 to Sept 08 2011
Collectors Contemporary Gallery Jalan Kilang Barat #01-03 Petro Centre
Singapore 159349
+65 6878 0103

ironman 08-19-2011 09:29 PM

The walls need something on them Blake, they really do.

Blake 08-20-2011 03:35 AM

Thanks for your comment Jeff.
I have worked very hard to keep the galleries from putting anything on the walls.
I do have a large banner (unfortunately, in Canada not in Singapore where I needed it) but that would normally go in the window.

The idea is of course that the viewer sees only the sculpture and secondly that the gallery becomes a different environment than usual, making the experience as unique as possible.

On several occasions I discussed this with curators and have been advised to keep the focus on the sculpture.

I am certainly interested in hearing any ideas of how it could be done differently.

rika 08-20-2011 08:42 AM

I don't see any need for anything else in the room, you're absolutely right, Blake. The lighting, the colours, the pedestals work very well together to highlight the sculptures. The only thing that maybe I would play around a bit would have to do the linear arrangement of the pedestals...maybe a larger variety in height would be enough. But that's a minor thing really, I love the looks.

Mack 08-20-2011 05:25 PM

I'd like showing the work also using just the bare walls as a backdrop. Out somewhat from the wall so people can see behind it, but not far enough so they can walk behind it, This way nothing interferes with the lines of the piece and you put your preferred side(s) toward the viewer.

Blake 08-21-2011 04:18 AM

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Thanks Rika and Mack for your comments.

I really like the clean walls as it gives the idea that this is purely a sculpture exhibition, it is unusual to see and creates a "museum" like quality that I think enhances the work.

I am at a loss as to what else I would put on the walls. The preliminary drawings for this series of sculpture are very small and really not nice enough to show so that doesn't work, I guess that I could put up some of the "How to make a Fragments Sculpture" that you can find on my Facebook page here:

Would this be appropriate or distract from the show?
Any comments?

The idea of different height pedestals is interesting, there are 2 different heights being used at the moment.

The plynths are actually a large part of the exhibition set up as they come apart for shipping, (also I encourage the client to take them with the sculpture as they are very stable, they hold the weight well and they keep the sculpture at the proper height).
Photos attached.

I will be interested in your comments
Thanks for tuning in... Blake Fragments Exhibition Singapore

Blake 03-03-2012 05:40 AM

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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.

Blake 03-31-2012 03:23 AM

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Fragments in New Delhi India
One of the most fun exhibitions of Fragments ever!
On an beautiful estate just outside of Delhi the 19th and 20th of March 2012
Two days of food, music and fun in the true Indian fashion of hospitality.
More of a party really than an exhibition.... but what a party!
Here are some pictures of the day events, I have decided to let you imagine what the evenings were like...

Blake 03-31-2012 03:40 AM

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Then on to the more serious exhibition at the International Indian Centre in New Delhi.
The show took place in the Gandhi M. Luther King Gardens at the International Indian Centre just on the edge of the Lodi Gardens in Delhi.
(Martin Luther King planted one of the trees that you see in the photos, in the 1960's)
We had a wonderful opening with the Deputy High Commissioner for Canada, Jim Nickel, inaugurating the exhibition.
Thanks to everyone who was a part of this show!
A special thanks to Jasleen and Carishma for their wonderful hospitality.
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