Blake Newton

Artist / Photographer

Desaturation 2013

A twenty-three year old man and father took his life because his girlfriend cheated on him. This story would enrage most, but are his actions really that un-relatable? Losing the one you gave your heart to is essentially losing your own heart. It’s a grief comparable to death.

By no means am I saying suicide is justifiable, but I am saying it is relatable. In our worst moments and deepest sorrows, thoughts of self-destruction become a guilty pleasure we feel comfortable indulging in. These thoughts become a sanctuary; a salvation we hold the keys to. We control access to a sense of peace away from the undeniable pain only life can permeate.

With this project, I wanted to confront the viewer with this guilty pleasure. The lack of vibrant colors highlights the desire for mental stability and alludes to feelings of isolation and numbness. I don’t want the viewer to find the justice in suicide, but rather find serenity in the contemplation of death.

-Blake Newton

Donated Items 2013

When I shop at Good Will I immediately look through clothes I could revamp or furniture I can refurbish. But on one of my shopping escapades, my attention was grabbed by something new: small figurines. They sat on shelves collecting dust, grabbing no ones attention but mine. They were definitely not going to ad to the décor of my home, but they had an undeniable character that couldn’t be ignored.

 

These figurines were created with the thought of an imaginative character in mind and were crafted to reflect that. With this project, I confront the viewer with these animated characters by placing them where they belong. Here they can breathe again and show just how lively they are.

 

-Blake Newton

Still Life 2013

The doctor came back into the room, results in hand. I wasn’t nervous. He read the results of the ultrasound.

"I can’t give you a definitive diagnosis without extracting a small wedge from your ovaries, but from the ultrasound images, it seems as though you do have polycystic ovarian syndrome."

He then told me how common it was, how manageable it is, how obese people get it, how birth control can help, how I shouldn’t worry till I have kids, how my period should come back eventually.

26 cysts.

No reason to be scared.

                                                                                         -Blake Newton

La Dolce Vita by Fellini

As I was researching David Lachapelle (photographer of the Kardashian’s recent Christmas photo), I stumbled across Fellini. Fellini was an Italian film maker known for his fantastical, baroque style. Lachapelle is often called the Fellini of photography. I’ve yet to watch an entire Fellini film, but was definitely attracted to this clip. I love the starlet quality of women in old films, the sultriness and glamour. Not to mention, the films move slower compared to the fast paced transitions between scenes we see today. Forces you to pay attention, absorb the dialogue and grasp the narrative. Can’t wait to see it in it’s entirety.

Trapped | 2013 | Blake Newton

heathwest:

Ger van Elk
Conclusie ‘Clermont-F’, black landscape, 2008
Conclusie ‘Santa Moritz’, Swiss Landscape, 2008
Acrylic paint on photograph on canvas
96 x 102 cm each

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kwesiabbensetts:

Regram from @delphinediallo : the work New York based Guyanese artist Ivan Forde @workdaily

kwesiabbensetts:

Regram from @delphinediallo : the work New York based Guyanese artist Ivan Forde @workdaily

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