To Sink, RevisitedNovember 2 – November 30, 2019
Court Tree Gallery proudly presents To Sink Revisited by Brooklyn based artist Blanca Guerrero. This body of work is a continuation from her To Sink Into The Blue series created during a residency program in Japan in 2015. This is her second show with Court Tree Gallery.
Press ReleaseBlanca Guerrero paints as though she is carefully toeing a line between the surface of her
canvas and what might exist immediately below. Repeatedly through this new body of work
she asks the viewer to change their perspective, proposing that they navigate their way into
impossible settings: between the fibers of single-ply paper, or nestled into pockmarks left after several glazes have been sanded away. And then, once there, she insists that you stay.
This second solo exhibition began as a reaction to I Sink into the Blue, her first solo show
following a two-month studio residency in the small city of Kōfu, Yamanashi, Japan. Those
paintings evoked the deep blue of the landscape, formed into rigid shapes of cisterns, baths,
and reflecting pools.
To Sink, Revisited, departs from there. It is instructive to regard what Guerrero has carried
over from her previous works—washi-paper collages, light-colored backgrounds,
multi-layered washes of pigment—as well as what she has discarded. The new paintings
are reflective of different environments: physically surrounded in the industrial landscape of
the Gowanus canal, which her studio overlooks; psychically embedded in a social-political moment where past ease and comfort have been shaken, where gray-areas dominate what were previousl sharply demarcated boundaries; and all reached in a moment of personal rediscovery.