"Pulp Soak Grid"
May 3rd - June 29th 2013
John F. Lott Gallery
The ideas of "neti neti" or "not this, not that," a Sanskrit expression for the sacred and Deleuze?s and Guattari?s concept of schizoanalysis resonate in my personal practice. Through sustained experimentation and this process of negation, I intend to evoke slippages in relationships between objects and their context. I am compelled by how things are different and how this difference attempts to point to faults in certain power structures. I have studied and taught in the tradition of painting and drawing and see much of my work as extending this line of questioning to include how these practices may continue to expand. I am also interested in the work?s potential to engage in what Alain Badiou calls an ?event? that points to a possible relocation of the self.
I embrace the social role of the artist through public interventions and by making work that is either free or sold for donations for local charities and thus extending the work into a larger political and social field. Aesthetically, my work draws from a number of influences including early video games, traditional textile design, and the role of poetry.
Christie Blizard is a nationally and internationally exhibiting artist, working in a variety of media focusing on public interventions. Since 2006, she has been featured in over 50 national and international art exhibitions including those curated by several renowned art figures such as: internationally known artists Mel Chin and Pradip Malde; Dr Charissa Terranova, Assistant Professor of Aesthetic Studies and Director of Centraltrak Artist Residency at UT Dallas; Rene Barilleaux, Chief Curator at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Carter Foster, Curator of Drawings at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Heather Pesanti, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Carnegie Museum of Art, and Antoine Guerrero, Director of Exhibitions at PS1. Recent exhibitions include an invitation to the Texas Biennial 2011, curated by Virginia Rutledge held in Austin, New American Paintings 96 West Edition, and solo exhibitions at Lawndale Center for Art in Houston and Women and Their Work in Austin. Other recent residencies and fellowships include the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH and Centraltrak Artist in residence program through the University of Texas at Dallas, and the SIM Artist Residency in Reykjavik, Iceland.