Southside Gallery

April 2018: New Paintings by Carl Blackledge

New Paintings by Carl Blackledge to be featured at Southside Gallery in April

New abstract and landscape paintings by Carl Blackledge will be on display at Southside Gallery through April 28th. The exhibition marks a stylistic change to Blackledge’s work, but many narratives and themes he has explored in the past remain present. This is the first time Blackledge has exhibited representational work in a solo exhibition at Southside Gallery.

Blackledge describes the new paintings as his attempt to “weave a common thread by studying my favorite artists of impressionism and cubism and trying to connect that to the primitive artists like Grandma Moses and Bill Traylor – trying to find that common thread that transcends class, culture or education.” The influences are evident in the work, where one can see a spectrum ranging from Cezanne to Traylor – other artists like Van Gogh, Joan Miro and Paul Klee also come to mind. But it is unfair to view these works as solely “inspired” by art history. The works are not derivative. Blackledge has a distinctive style. The compositions are original and carefully considered. The brushwork and subject matter vary, energizing the collection of paintings.

Blackledge was raised in Laurel, Mississippi. He attended Mississippi State University from 1995 – 1999 where he was a member of The Starving Artists Union, an artists collective that included former University of Mississippi Museum Director, William Pittman Andrews. He graduated from Montana State University. His work is in a number of prominent private collections. This is Blackledge’s third exhibition at Southside Gallery.

An artist’s reception is scheduled for Thursday, April 26th, 5 – 8 PM. In addition to the artist’s reception, make plans to attend The Oxford Arts Crawl, Tuesday, April 24th, 5 – 8 PM and to visit the gallery early Friday evening, April 27th for live music featuring Laurie Stirratt (time TBD).

For more information, contact Southside Gallery, 662.234.9090.

Posted on April 10, 2018