MICHELLE BLADE

CV
Los Angeles, CA
CURRENT & UPCOMING 2020

SPRING /
Track 16 with BOW
Viewing Room at Odd Ark LA
Poem from Home, Curated by Rema Ghuloum at Jacob’s West

SUMMERWilding Cran 

Michelle Blade is a visual artist working in painting, sculpture and installation. Blade has exhibited nationally and internationally, including exhibtions at the Center for Contemporary Arts-Santa Fe, Bonnefantenmuseum Netherlands, Johansson Projects, Jack Hanley Gallery SF,  Roberts & Tilton, and Western Exhibitions. Her work has been featured in The NY Times Magazine, The Paris Review, Gather Journal, GQ, Juxtapoz, The California Sunday Magazine, and Blue Magazine among others. Clients include The Thing Quarterly, Chronicle Books, RVCA, Air BnB and Facebook. She is a founding member of the Los Angeles art collective, The Binder and holds a BA from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles and an MFA from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco. 

Blade’s current body of work features introspective narratives set in charged landscapes. Collecting intimate moments for inspiration, these works begin first as sketches in a notebook and are then transferred onto Satin or Poplin. Once the painting process has begun Blade applies numerous atmospheric layers of paint which bleed, bloom and abstract the original image. The abstraction which continually evolves during the painting process, moves the energy of the image beyond language and toward metaphor. The figures become intertwined with the landscape through her mark making; serving as a physical placeholder for the invisible. This transformation brings elements of magical realism into the image, creating an opportunity to reinterpret the essence of the everyday.


michellecourtneyblade@gmail.com
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Michelle Blade
b. 1981, LA, CA

Education:
MFA, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, Ca, 2008
BA, Loyola Marymount, LA, Ca, 2003

Awards & Residencies:
FB AIR Program, Menlo Park, 2015
Aurobora Press Residency, San Francisco, 2012
Children's Creativity Museum Artist in Resident, 2011
ProArts 2x2 Artist Grant, 2011
Alternative Exposure, Southern Exposure Grant, 2010
Murphy-Cadogan Fellowship, 2007


Solo Exhibitions:

2019: Pansy, Nationale, Portland, OR
2017: Partnerlook, Johansson Projects, Oakland, CA
2016: Gentle Existential, Brilliant Champions, Brooklyn, NY
2015: If The Spirit Moves You, PATA PDX, Portland, OR
2014: Gathering Into Being, CULT Exhibitions, SF, CA
2013: 366 Days of the Apocalypse, CCA, Santa Fe, NM
2012: Hanging Fire, Carter & Citizen, Los Angeles, CA
2011: Cast & Cascade, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL
2011: 2x2, ProArts, Oakland, CA
2010: Nigredo, Albeo, Citrinitas, Rubedo, Bravin Lee Gallery, NYC
2009: Blow As Deep As You Can Blow, Triple Base, SF, CA
2008: The Elliptical Good-Kind, Jack Hanley, San Francisco, CA


Selected Group Exhibition

2019: The Pitt / Binder of Women, Collection II Release, LA
2018: Project Space, David B. Smith Gallery, Denver, Co
2017: A Way to Say, Chandran Gallery
2017: New Suns, Bonnefantenmuseum, Netherlands
2016: Ritual Night, Left Field Gallery, San Louis Obispo, CA
2016: Metagalactic, David B. Smith Gallery, Denver, Co,
2015: Flat Sun on a Disc of Water, Narwhal Cont., Toronto, Ontario
2015: No Matter New Matter, Ed. Varie, NY, NY
2014: Decade of Decadunce, Cinders, Brooklyn, NY
2013: Aftergow, Saint Mary's College Museum of Art, CA
2013: Drawing Down the Moon, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA
2013: Sunbeams, Art Speak, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2013: The Modern Monster, Queen's Nails, San Francisco, Ca
2012: Immaterial, Mark Wolfe Gallery, San Francisco, Ca
2011: Domestic Goods, Eric Firestone Gallery, Hampton, NY
2011: Unseen, Torrence Art Museum, Torrence, Ca
2010: Grey Day, Roberts & Tilton, LA, Ca.
2010: Chapel, Conduit Gallery, Dallas TX,
2010: Alchemy, Southern Exposure, SF, CA
2009: Hot and Cold, Baer Ridgeway, SF, CA
2008: New Wave, Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles
2008: White Noise Drawn Together, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen




Awards & Residencies:

FB AIR Program, Menlo Park, 2015
Aurobora Press Residency, San Francisco, 2012
Children's Creativity Museum Artist in Resident, 2011
ProArts 2x2 Artist Grant, 2011
Alternative Exposure, Southern Exposure Grant, 2010
Murphy-Cadogan Fellowship, 2007