Posted by: Department of Art and Design
A solo exhibition featuring new works by artist Clovis Blackwell.
As a child, Blackwell played with a G.I. Joe toy called Rolling Thunder, which carried a payload of two 18-inch ICBMs. Through childhood play and post-apocalyptic sci-fi movies, the imminent threat of nuclear devastation filtered into his psyche. He came to see the destruction of civilization as an opportunity to rebuild—to have purpose—to become Mad Max (the awesome one from Beyond Thunderdome). This strange longing for a new world when its cost is Armageddon became the impetus for the body of work on display. Through the development of this work, Blackwell has come to see that apocalyptic mythologies allude not to the literal end of things. Instead, they are transcendent metaphors of a connection to seasonal changes and life cycles—transformations only attainable from the often-painful transition of one to another.
Clovis Blackwell received his MFA from Azusa Pacific University in 2009 and a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 1999. His work has been exhibited in international juried competitions and group shows in California, New York, and Washington D.C. Themes of suffering, perseverance, and transformation are central to his artistic identity. Clovis lives and works in the Los Angeles area with his wife, child, and two dogs. He teaches at Azusa Pacific University and strongly believes in the Oxford Comma.
Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 1, 6:00-8:00pm