643 Project Space is pleased to present November Pages a body of collage works on paper by Los Angeles artist Jan Blair. Blair who operates under the non de plume j.b.beau, has been culling fragments of the New York Times since 2010 creating what she calls “Pages” in which, like an archeologist, she excavates the paper discovering the news within the news.
Blair has been excavating the news for over 20 years. She began with the LA Times but when their format changed, she started working with the NYT and now uses only the Sunday edition exclusively. To date she has created over 900 Pages which are all a part of on-going series, In the New York Times . . Who Knew? This exhibition represents 63 of those works: November 2016 and November 2017, and a group drawn only from the NYT Magazine, Sept. 2015 – April 2016.
With a longstanding background as a black and white film photographer – Blair has always been drawn to documentary style work – it’s no wonder her photo eye began to traverse the newspaper. Snippets, phrases, and images are re-contextualized, reimagined and re-arranged to give you a new look at current events. Each Sunday’s Pages can only be made from that week’s paper – there is no crossing over in Blair’s strict formatting.
Although the work depends on the news of the day, these works also have a timeless quality. Drawing from the traditions of collage artists and poets like Man Ray, Hannah Hoch, Wallace Berman, Barbara Kruger and William Burroughs, her work not only speaks to the viewer, it speaks to the reader in all of us. In this way, the work takes its place among literary traditions as well as alongside the contemporary visual practices of zines and blogs.
Please join Jan Blair on Friday, December 1, 5:00-8:00pm, for her opening reception at 643 Project Space.
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