Since the 1980s, Blair has created meticulous gouache paintings of unprepossessing subjects, such as a cocktail glass on a bar or the linear demarcations of parking spots on concrete ground. He has sometimes incorporated these works into multi-part installations of mundane objects, which he likens to the Japanese practice of Ikebana, flower arranging. Untitled, 2015 is a self-reflexive image, showing a segment of Blair's studio floor. An extension cord--a common feature of his sculptures--stretches across the composition. The oblique angle and scattered composition recall at once photographic snapshots and the paintings and pastels of Edgar Degas
Gouache, pastel, graphite pencil, and colored pencil on paper.
18 x 24 inches (45.7 x 61 cm)
Gift of Modern and Contemporary Collectors Committee and Lexa Pope, 2019.
The artist (Karma, New York).