In this latest body of photo-sculptures, Blasco uses digital photography, common building materials, and video to assemble three-dimensional constructions that reconstruct interior spaces and outdoor environments culled from the artist’s personal New York cityscape.
Blasco exclusively re-presents his personal spaces at home and in his studio. These urban interiors are reassembled for the viewer as fragmented photo-sculptures revealing the spaces’ dimensions and contents, sometimes including his family or neighbors. WC is a near life-size freestanding entry into his family’s bathroom where dining room, linen closet, bedroom, and bathroom are all visible yet fragmented and compressed into a memory of the actual space. Projected on a wall behind the photo-sculpture is a video of the artist and his family entering, using, and exiting the bathroom throughout the day. This fusion of photography, sculpture, architecture, video and sound create a total environment.
Blasco’s newest works expand his paradigm outward to urban spaces found upon exiting the interiors of his previous works. The distortions and emphases that Blasco orchestrates risk comparison with the actual streetscapes. Despite being available to everybody, the spaces chosen are personal in that they are scenes that the artist encounters in his daily life. Times Square’s jagged skyscrapers are reconstructed and skewed as he remembers his daily walk from subway to studio and back. Manhattan and Queens street facades are reconfigured in impossible ways as only Blasco can remember them from his routine errands. During his daily walks, Blasco can’t help but imagine cinematic manifestations of impending disasters. Airplanes, tornadoes, and smoke permeate the city-scapes of his sculptures realizing the artist’s post-9-11 fears. In connection with these disaster images, Blasco’s large-scale video projection of a typical street reveals dormant threats. The viewer has the potential to add their own memory and biography to that of the artist’s.
Concurrently with this exhibition, Blasco’s work will be shown in Off The Wall curated by Tracy Adler at Hunter College Art Galleries, New York from September 8th to October 25th and Odd Lots: Revisiting Gordon Matta-Clark’s “Fake Estates” organized by Cabinet magazine at White Columns, New York from September 9th to October 20th.