During the last five years Jeremy Blake has established himself on the international art scene with his fusion of abstract paintings, film footage, sound and animation. A process he himself describes as “time-based paintings”. His continually looping DVDs have been projected on plasma screens at museums world wide, and outside the traditional art institutions his hallucinatory transmutations of colours and shapes have played an important part in Paul Thomas Anderson’s movie Punch-Drunk Love and served as a visual accompaniment to Beck’s live shows during his Sea Change tour.
The Winchester Trilogy is based on the life of Winchester Rifle heiress, Sarah Winchester. From 1884 and 38 years onwards she kept 22 carpenters at work 24 hours a day, building a 160-room Victorian mansion in San Jose following the instructions given to her by a spiritualist medium. The medium explained that spirits of the thousands of persons, who had died because of the Winchester riffle, were now seeking vengeance and would ultimately kill her too. To save herself she had to build, and continue to build, a house for herself and the spirits. With his most recent piece Sodium Fox, Jeremy Blake continues to meld his formal inventions with unique ways of story telling. Sodium Fox was created in collaboration with David Berman singer and songwriter of the indie-rock band The Silver Jews. In this 14-minute work, Blake focuses on examining internal and external landscapes as similar vessels for subjectivity.
Sodium Fox (USA, 2005, installation, single projection, 14:00 min, loop)
Winchester Trilogy, consisting of:
Winchester (USA. 2002, plasma screen, 21:00 min, loop)
1906 (USA, 2003, plasma screen, 18:00 min, loop)
Century 21 (USA, 2004, plasma screen, 12:00 min, loop)
Jeremy Blake― Artist
Jeremy Blake (October 4, 1971 – July 17, 2007) was an American digital artist and painter. His work included projected DVD installations, Type C prints, and collaborative film projects. His work is held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.