Blake Baxter (Los Angeles, CA June 14, 1967 -)


About

Blake Baxter 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. This quality makes this work ever changing with direct viewing imperative. Even though the medium is static and minimalist, the darkest areas still glimmer.



“My pieces are constructed with minimal materials. I follow repeatable processes of sequenced steps that yield variation despite my efforts to minimize the same. The result is a loosely structured communication, which, when met by perception, seeks to establish form. One might see a single piece recreated over and over, or individual pieces grouped by common values, or wholly unique objects defined by their relative distances from each other in time and space. As such, these are exercises in the interpretative power of consciousness, providing viewers a pathway towards separation from the mundane through a mediated process of observation.”



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 has exhibited in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Oakland, Seattle, Buffalo, and Palm Springs; and was an exhibiting member of the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. His work has been featured on EMS ArtScene; in Palm Springs Life and ART Patron magazines; and is in the permanent collection at the Palm Springs Art Museum, as well as numerous, notable private collections. He lives and works today in Joshua Tree, CA.

Exhibition

Education

BA, Fine Art, 1989, University of California, Santa Cruz


Solo Exhibitions



2019 "Points in Time", Eleven Twenty Projects, Buffalo, NY

2018 “New Works", Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA

2018 "Enumeration", Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Small Works, Palm Springs, CA

2018 Blake Baxter at D'Amour Concept, Palm Springs, CA

2018 "Form and Void", JTAG, Joshua Tree, CA

2013 "Vanishing Point", Taverner & Fricke, Los Angeles, CA

2011 "Crazy Horse", Sweet Lorraine Gallery, Brooklyn, NY



Group Exhibitions



2019 "All Summer All Stars", Asher Grey Gallery, Venice, CA

2019 "30 x 30: 30 Years of Public Art in Palm Springs”

Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

2019 "The O.G.Show", JTAG, Joshua Tree, CA

2019 "ARTrageous Redux", Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, CA

2019 "Absolutely Abstract", Yucca Valley Arts Center, Yucca Valley, CA

2019 "Mojave Made", The Hangar Galleries, Santa Monica, CA

2018 "Layering Reality", BoxoPROJECTS, Joshua Tree, CA

2017 Collective Show, Gallery 62, Joshua Tree, CA

2017 Summer Artists Review, JTAG, Joshua Tree, CA

2017 "Eyes of March", JTAG, Joshua Tree, CA

2012 "The Patter of Tiny Brains", 323 Projects, Los Angeles, CA

2010 Fall Show, BWAC, Brooklyn, NY

2010 "INSIGHT", Triomph, Brooklyn, NY

2009 Summer Show, BWAC, Brooklyn, NY

2009 Spring Show, BWAC, Brooklyn, NY

2008 Summer Show, BWAC, Brooklyn, NY

2008 Spring Show, BWAC, Brooklyn, NY

Art Fairs



2018 Art Palm Springs, BoxoPROJECTS, Palm Springs, CA


Benefit Auctions



2018 Fulcrum Arts Emerge, Pasadena, CA



Press/Publications​

2019 Swenson, Eric Minh, "Blake Baxter: Aggregate", EMSArtScene

2018 Jacobson, Tienlyn, "Highway to High Art", Palm Springs Life

2018 Kroger, Grove, "Staring Into the Void", ARTPatron

2009 Studio Visit, Winter Edition. Juror: Steven Zevitas

2009 Studio Visit, Spring edition. Juror: Michael Klein​

Permanent Collections
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

Work Selection

Alternate Text
Iteration, No. 5,6,9,10 var. 1