Exhibition: A Grand Review
A GRAND REVIEW
William Blake presents A Grand Review. This is the artist’s thesis exhibition for his Master's degree at the Tyler School of Art.
Blake's recent paintings depict scenes from American Civil War reenactments which he has been a participant in for over 17 years. He currently interprets the artist-correspondent Winslow Homer at these battle reenactments where he immerses himself in the materiality of his own obsession by constructing period clothes, camping on battlefields, and documenting the reenactment similar to Homer’s documentation of the authentic war.
Some of Blake’s life-sized portraits reference Winslow Homer’s croquet paintings created during and soon after the Civil War. For Blake, Homer’s croquet paintings show a relationship between play and tragedy that expresses the War’s lack of closure. To echo this relationship, his paintings depict individuals who play through that war, via war reenactment, renewing the gestures of
View of the 1865 Grand Review of the Armies balcony