Blake Baxter
Iteration, no. 53
, 2021
Sand and acrylic on panel
50 x 58 in.
Part of Zzyzx Redux, organized by Bernard Leibov
On view at Intersect Palm Springs, February 10 – 13, 2022

Blake Baxter was born in Los Angeles and attended UCLA School of Arts and Architecture before completing his BA in Fine Art at UC Santa Cruz. He is best known for reductive monochromatic paintings incorporating aggregates such as sand and cement. His work is optical – focusing on light and space as a way to affect the gaze of the viewer. Often working with black acrylic washes and many dense layers of sand, he creates a reflection and movement that changes under different lighting conditions. The work can be seen as exercises in the interpretative power of consciousness, providing viewers a pathway towards separation from the mundane through a mediated process of observation. Blake has exhibited in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Oakland, Seattle, Joshua Tree and Palm Springs; and was an exhibiting member of the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. His work is included in the permanent collection at the Palm Springs Art Museum, as well as numerous, notable private collections. Blake lives and works today in Joshua Tree, CA


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