440 Gallery announces And Now I See an exhibition of digital images by Leigh Blanchard

. August 2, 2018

440 Gallery is pleased to present And Now I See, a solo exhibition of digital images by Leigh Blanchard. This is Blanchard’s first solo show at the gallery and is a showcase of work that she has been developing since early 2017. Blanchard has always been interested in nontraditional sources of visual inspiration and pattern creation. And Now I See is an exploration into alternative ways of creating digital imagery, specifically by examining technological flaws. The technology that so fascinates Blanchard is advanced to the point where artificial systems can recognize and generate visual motifs, but because the tools are still in flux, the end results are often distorted and skewed. Blanchard is intrigued by catching these imperfections—whether rendered organically or produced through her own manipulation of the process.

Initially, Leigh discovered that her early attempts produced digital outcomes that were intriguing and abstract, yet too minimal for what she was looking to present visually. To achieve the larger scale results she desired, Leigh took these images through several rounds of printing and scanning until a suitably-denser digital file was obtained. As part of the process, scans of paper texture and grain were combined with the remnants of past iterations and more substantial and complex images emerged.

Blanchard says, “The two modes of display I have chosen to use in And Now I See were selected to mirror the disciplines that I feel most attracted to, namely, photography and mixed media. Some of my works are mounted full-bleed on wood to look like contemporary paintings, while other pieces retain photographic white paper borders within a traditional frame. This contrast in displays represents a culmination of my artistic process and clues the viewer in to the composite nature of the work that exists at each stage of development.”

A graduate of Parsons School of Design/The New School, Blanchard currently lives and works in New York City. Her latest exhibition includes Abstraction at Large (2018) juried by Eleanor Heartney at Site:Brooklyn, and Rendering Likeness (2018) at La Bodega Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been selected for display in the newly renovated Talbott Hotel in Chicago, IL.

And Now I See opens at the 440 Gallery, located at 440 Sixth Avenue in Brooklyn, on Thursday, September 6, and will run through Sunday, October 7th 2018. There will be a reception for the artist from 6-8 pm on Saturday, September 8, 2018, and an artist talk on Sunday, September 16 at 4:40pm.

Leigh Blanchard

Category: Photography

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