ICOSA is pleased to present Call & Respond, a two person exhibition of works by Andrew Blanchard and Jonas Criscoe. Taking inspiration from the musical form of call and response, both artists utilize imagery through the lens of printmaking to construct works that skew the context and meaning of the original image. Through the use of appropriated imagery, back road photography and reclaimed materials, Blanchard and Criscoe impart a sense of history and nostalgia through the surfaces of their works while simultaneously mirroring our hyper-visual world.
Andrew Blanchard was born in the wild swamps of Louisiana and raised on theMississippi Gulf Coast. Like most boys who grew up next to a beach, he fished and swam until the ring of the dinner bell. A proud graduate of Ole Miss’s MFA program, his imagery delivers an honest commentary on the cultural character of the American South. His mixed-process prints on wood and paper have been included in hundreds of exhibitions and have been collected in Bulgaria, France, Hawaii, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. Blanchard’s work was recently added to the permanent collections of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans and the Mississippi Museum of Artin Jackson, and it is featured or forthcoming in publications including Ecotone, Electric Dirt, Printmakers Today, New American Paintings, the International Painting Annual (nos. 4 and 7), and the Oxford American, which in 2012 named him among the New superstars of Southern Art. Blanchard is currently the Director of Studio Art and an Associate Professor of Printmaking and Photography at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. His work is represented by Southside Gallery in Oxford, MS and M Contemporary Gallery in New Orleans, LA.
Jonas Criscoe is an interdisciplinary visual artist whose work has been exhibited throughout the United States, most notably at the International Print Center in New York and the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Criscoe has also been featured in various art publications, Including Art Lies and New American Painting and has been a Jerome Fellow at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking and a West Prize acquisition recipient. A native of Austin, Texas, he received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and the University of Texas at Austin, and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Currently, he is on the editorial board of DIALOGIST, a journal of Poetry & Art, on the Faculty of the Art School at The Contemporary Austin and a founding member of ICOSA.
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About the Organizer/Venue
ICOSA is an artist-run non-profit cooperative gallery founded in 2015 that showcases a diverse range of contemporary art and programming. Located in East Austin’s blossoming gallery district at 702 Shady Lane, next to Pump Project’s working studio hub, it houses track lighting, high ceilings, and 1500 square feet of exhibition space. It is home to a collective group of artists, well known nationally and internationally, who have received numerous prestigious awards and grants and whose work is featured in various major collections.
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