DCKT Contemporary is pleased to present The Middle of the End, new photo-sculptures and installations by Spanish born, New York based artist Isidro BLASCO. In this latest body of work, BLASCO uses digital photography and common building materials to assemble three-dimensional constructions that reconstruct interior spaces and outdoor environments culled from the artist’s personal New York cityscape.
BLASCO combines architecture, photography and installation to explore themes of vision and perception in relation to physical experience. His work often references the realm of private or domestic space. BLASCO normally begins by selecting one angle in a room or outdoors and then constructs a new space from the perspective of that vantage point. Though the distortions and emphases that BLASCO orchestrates risk comparison with the actual streetscapes or rooms he’s re-creating, the resulting effect is a fragmentation of a single line of sight that is reminiscent of Cubist collages. BLASCO’s three dimensional sculptures result in an elliptical succession of multiple angles, producing a space that is at once recognizable and entirely new.
BLASCO’s newest works expand his paradigm outward to urban spaces found upon exiting the interiors of his other works. For this exhibition, BLASCO has created three dimensional photographic constructions of his Jackson Heights neighborhood in Queens, NY. He has constructed collages consisting of the façade of his apartment building, a local subway stop, his building’s inner staircase and a variety of street scenes. Within these mundane scenes, BLASCO adds explosions of apartment buildings, windows and cars, realizing his fears of the current political climate and reaction to the nightly news. BLASCO will also present several smaller wall mounted works that explore these new outdoor spaces as well as the public interior spaces of his new apartment building.
BLASCO’s work is included in the collections of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art and The Queen’s Museum of Art; Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art; the Baltimore Museum of Art; Italy’s Academia de Bellas Artes de Roma; and Spain’s Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros de Caminos, and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, among others. His numerous awards and grants include the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Visual Arts; Rockefeller Foundation Studio Residency in Bellagio, Italy; and "In the Public Realm" Public Art Fund Grant.