Ross Bleckner

Untitled - Ross Bleckner 1989 - Mixed media on paper Ross Bleckner - Dome 1999

Ross Bleckner - untitled - oil on cardboard - 2002

I greatly admire the work of the artist Ross Bleckner. Although his theme of mortality is different to my own work,  I find a connection through the illusion of light he achieves. The illumination that shines out from his paintings promotes an awe-inspiring, ethereal quality. and masterful use of media to mixed media pieces. The glowing quality of his work is reminiscent of x-rays/photograms or a heavenly vault of exploding stars.  When I look at these pieces I experience a discord of  feelings, there is a sense of peace and tranquility but this is tinged with edginess and mystery.


Ross Bleckner - untitled 1988 - Oil on paper

” There is, however, one easily comprehensible element that is common to all of Bleckner’s paintings: light. Indeed, one could even go so far as to suggest that in this very element which has always organized his pictorial field – the most renowned case being the stroboscopic effect he achieved by running a number of dark vertical lines in front of a beam of light. Many critics have claimed that the intensity of such an effect suggests there is a metaphysical dimension to the work. But this is pure hyperbole. Sometimes light is just light – and Bleckner is a master at manipulating it.”

Maureen Paley – Interim Art London October 26 to November 26 

About Annemarie Tickle

I am a Lecturer in Textiles at Hull School of Art and Design. As a visual artist I am interested in atmospheric conditions and events and how the scale of nature makes mans mark on the landscape look insignificant. I enjoy the act of doing and getting my hands dirty so my practice is intensly process led. I use a wide range of media but am particular interested in dying techniques.
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