Blackstock - September 29, 2011 through February 19, 2012
Although Blackstock’s source material consists of dictionaries and guide books whose realistic plates lend him inspiration, this self-taught creator also relies on his own phenomenal memory. In no time, however, his compositions take on a life of their own, benefitting from his strong sense of the graphic line and chromatics: order and symmetry enhance the page layouts, as do the serial repetitions and stylization of the figures and motifs. Nor does he shy away from interfering with his multiple lists, taking liberties than can be highly incongruous. Thus he will vary the bird feather colors, or else insert a self-portrait into a row of objects; or again, in drawing up a general catalogue of shoes, he will stealthily introduce a flick-knife in the hands of a villain straight out of a James Bond film.
A first in Europe, the Collection de l’Art Brut exhibition presents some thirty of Blackstock’s works dating from 1991 to the present day, together with an original documentary film specially created for the event.
Blackstock’s Collections: The drawings of an artistic savant, Gregory L. Blackstock, New York, Princeton Architectural Press, 2006.
Film / DVD
Gregory Blackstock l’encyclopédiste, de Philippe Lespinasse et Andress Alvarez, 24 Min., Lausanne/Le Tourne, Collection de l’Art Brut/Lokomotiv Films, 2011.
The exhibition Blackstock is not accessible to people with reduced mobility.