East Village Arts Festival December 1st - 15th
For Immediate Release: November 14th 2018.
Paintings by Blake Sandberg will be included in the East Village Arts Festival at the Tompkins Square Library 331 E. 10th Street, NY, NY 10009
Opening 4-5pm Saturday, December 1st
Blake Sandberg Is a visual artist focused on painting and drawing. He is also a writer, songwriter, and guitarist.
Sandberg arrived in Manhattan from Austin, Texas in 1997, promptly moved into a studio on Avenue B in the East Village, Lower East Side. He painted a severed leg in thick black line brushstrokes on his storefront window. Then he launched himself onto a multi-faceted work program, which went on to include founding his company Severed Leg Productions (produce being: printed goods, tshirts, skateboards, films, and events), DJing, playing guitar in his band ALIENS, and recording experimental music.
Sandberg’s primary activity however has been turning out paintings in which he has developed a vividly distinctive vocabulary of images and text works. These iconic painting images include repeated elements such as a TV Eye, a Technosphere dome space, and of course a Severed Leg. He has created a large body of work over the last two decades which has been mostly unseen by the public.
Sandberg has shown in such archetypal venues of downtown New York as CBGB gallery, and Mars Bar. Later he was included in gallery shows in Soho at Exit Art and Frederieke Taylor, where his work was in a group show with Warhol, de Kooning, Hockney, and Christo. Needing more room to paint larger works Blake moved to a Broadway studio in 2001. There he was neighbors with his friend, the late great painter Richard Hambleton. Sandberg painted numerous large works in his Broadway studio. Later exhibiting his first solo show at Aaron Payne Fine Art in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2003. More shows followed in Chelsea and Brooklyn, New York, and in California, Texas, and as far as Tokyo, Japan. Sandberg’s paintings are in a number of private collections around the globe including Beth Rudin DeWoody, Dean Valentine, and others. Most recently Sandberg showed new cityscape paintings locally in the East Village in the show, NOISE at The Red Room, curated by Anthony Haden-Guest. Some of these paintings are included here in the East Village Arts Festival.
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Blake Sandberg in his East Village studio. Photo by Lisa Zane
NOISE, Acrylic and Oil on Canvas