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 Woodrow Blagg  (1946 - )

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Lived/Active: Texas/Pennsylvania      Known for: photography, drawing

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BIOGRAPHY for Woodrow Blagg
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1946
 
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Texas/Pennsylvania

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Biography from Valley Fine Art:
Born: 1946
Education: 1972 -1976
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Philadelphia, PA

EXHIBITION HISTORY
2005 American Embassy in Madrid, Spain
1999 - 01 Outward Bound: American Art at the Brink of the Twenty-First
Century, Meridian International Center Washington, DC and Southeast Asia.
1992 Hickory Street Annex, Dallas, TX
1988 ACA Gallery, New York, NY
1987 - 88 Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler TX
1987 Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX
1986 Lincoln Center, Dallas, TX
1984 Exposure, Dallas, TX
1978 Winfield-Scott, Fort Worth, TX

COLLECTIONS
JC Penny Corporate Headquarters, Dallas, TX
Bank of Commerce, Fort Worth, TX
Texas Commerce Bank, Fort Worth, TX
Howell Instruments, Fort Worth, TX
BMW Auto Works, Germany
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, Santa Barbara, CA
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lauren, New York, NY
Ms. Nancy Dutton, Washington, DC
Many additional public and private collections nationally.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
"In certain moment of mental plentitude, I forget my self, my body, my ties, my memories, the past, all the acts and impressions which determined my sense of remoteness and the whole long trajectory of evasion and separation."
-Macedonio Fernandez

The works of Woodrow Blagg are representative of an expression that began to emerge in the 1980’s, which is counter trend, seeking to turn the contemporary scene on track by calling for a further acknowledgment of the complexities within art and life.

Educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Blagg has pursued channels leading to a means that he felt is important to his art.   Interests in photography, literature, mathematics and philosophy have remained significant toward his understanding, as he says, of what it is to create things.  Furthermore, the Argentineans, essayist and poet Macedonia Fernandez and writer Jorge Luis Borges; the Americans, photographer Walker Evans, novelists Paul Bowles and Henry Miller among others, have influenced his oeuvre.

Blagg is also very aware of being involved with life’s experiences.   His travels since 1975 have included extended residencies from Eskimo villages in Quebec, Ontario and Hudson Bay in Canada to ranches in West Texas from 1979 to the present.  These explorations help pronounce the divergent realms of rituals in a culture and define the symbolisms that bond and identify people’s associations with themselves.  The differing tracts of a terrain of culture, the similarity of forms of the bonding relate intuitively through ritual and are closely tied together.  These physics of our being continue to engage Blagg in his life and in his art.

ARTIST STATEMENT
The work in my portfolio in great measure reflects the spirit of the following artists: photographer Walker Evens, sculptor Gordon Matta-Clark, and poet Macedonio Fernandez. 

Within their lineage, my paintings and sculptures reflect man’s dissonant relationship with nature. Moreover, the drawings suggest dreams of time and travel; a veiled projection of lingering memories and paradigms upon the land and within our psyches. Through installation exhibitions these varying themes become unified and connect as a single form of expression.

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