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THE WORK OF ARTIST JEAN BLACKBURN ON VIEW IN THE MAASS GALLERY SEPT. 5-OCT. 13

Date Released: 8/21/2006

The opening of the second season of the David Schwarz Projects will highlight the work of New York City-based artist Jean Blackburn from the Neuberger Museum's Transitional Objects Blackburn for web.JPGexhibition. The exhibition is on view September 5-October 13 in the Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery in the School of Art+Design at Purchase College. An opening reception to meet the artist will be held September 16 from 5-7 PM. The Maass Gallery is open Monday-Friday, 9 AM-5 PM. Admission is free.

Purchase College, State University of New York, is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY. For more information, call 914-251-6750.

Running concurrently with the Neuberger Museum's exhibition, which investigates the role of still life in contemporary art, David Schwarz Project 5 will focus on Jean Blackburn's work and become a project space to afford the Museum exhibition viewers the opportunity to gain a deeper knowledge of the concerns and sensibilities of one of the artists in the show and to gain insight into her art-making process.

Jean Blackburn received her MFA from Yale University and her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She creates intriguing sculptures by dismantling and reconstructing commonplace furniture and household items--chairs, tables, chests of drawers, beds and related objects--into elaborate and engaging pieces that reference the origin, but undermine the object's original function. In so doing, Blackburn invites viewers to reconsider how they relate to their domestic surroundings.  In addition to the deconstructed household objects, Blackburn fabricates ceramic pieces with her signature holes and makes gauche drawings that disguise Ikea catalog imagery in brightly colored modernist styling. All of her work is striking in its inventiveness and ingenuity.

The Schwarz Projects, begun in 2005, in the School of the Arts, School of Art+Design, are made possible by a generous donation from the estate of David and Jeanne Schwarz. The primary mission of the series is to open a discursive educational forum through exhibitions and dialogue, which promotes a deeper understanding and appreciation of contemporary art.