Discourse(s) / Inter(views) / Press

History may clarify our understanding of the supreme work of art, but can never account for it completely; for the Time of art is not the same as the Time of history.
— Andre Malraux | Les voix du silence
In the dash, thought becomes aware of its fragmentary character.
— Theodor Adorno | Punctuation Marks


PUBLICATION PUBLIC ART DIALOGUE The Instability of Nature Morte (reconsidering monument[ality] under the throwaway evidence of work)  2015 - 2016 by Lisa Blas, Volume 6, Number 1 / Spring 2016
(Images found on front cover, back cover, and pages 34, 89, 141)

ARTIST TALK TRESTLE GALLERY Brooklyn NY / February 9, 2016

LECTURE EVERGREEN COLLEGE Sensations That Announce The Future by Lisa Blas in conjunction with the exhibition at Evergreen Gallery Olympia, Washington / November 10, 2015

RESPONSE ISSUU Adrift (after Charleston) by Lisa Blas /  June 21, 2015


INTERVIEW THE STUDIO VISIT Metonymy and memory in the work of Australian photographer, Anne Ferran by Lisa Blas with Anne Ferran, Sydney, Australia /  July 2012

CATALOG 1 GALERIE COMMUNE produced in conjunction with the exhibition LISA BLAS / Tourner la page, Université de Lille 3, Tourcoing, France / 2011

CATALOG 2 GALERIE COMMUNE produced in conjunction with the exhibition LISA BLAS / Tourner la page, Université de Lille 3, Tourcoing, France / 2011

CATALOG 3 GALERIE COMMUNE produced in conjunction with the exhibition LISA BLAS / Tourner la page, Université de Lille 3, Tourcoing, France / 2011

OUTTAKES v.1 Expedition in gold, silver, copper, and all other reflections by Lisa Blas / 2011


YALE RADIO Interview: Lisa Blas with Brainard Carey
September 7, 2017

Throughout history, art has been a way for people to connect on an intimate level with what is going on around them. Often during times of political strife or personal distress, artists are at their most fruitful and inspired. Great art often comes from resistance to life and times. Art ripples out from center toward the sea of the wider world creating larger waves of inspiration and action. What may seem unpalatable in its raw state can often be fed to the masses through art.
— Brainard Carey / Yale Radio

The Constitution by Hand by Morgan O'Hara
June 30, 2017

SEVERAL HOURS into handwriting the Amendments to the Constitution, I had yet to reach the 19th Amendment, ensuring women’s suffrage rights. The first 10 amendments were ratified in 1789; the 19th, in 1920. In 2017, it is painful to realize that the majority of elected officials at the higher branches of government are still men.
— Lisa Blas

How to Make a Scene, or Not by Rachel Small
November 2, 2016

NAME: Lisa Blas
HOMETOWN: Los Angeles, California
CURRENTLY LIVE: New York, New York

DESCRIBE YOUR PRACTICE IN THREE SENTENCES: I produce medium to large-scale image and text works in collage. The collage material is made from painting sheets of paper in varying color striations and fields, then cutting the paper into abstract fragments or letters and affixing them to vellum and Arches supports. The work creates constellations where the fragility of nature meets civil unrest, across timelines within art history, social history and current events.

ARTISTIC TRAJECTORY: Since graduate school, I have focused steadily on making images that point to our social and cultural landscape, past and present. The study of art and history greatly defines this process. In painting and collage, I work with flat applications of transparent, opaque, or interference color. Throughout, I have collected newspapers and ephemera as research material that has become part of installations, small scale sculptures, projects in photography, and works on paper. My undergraduate education is rooted in history and political science, which explains why notions such as the palimpsest or “constellation,” in Walter Benjamin’s sense, are ever present in my work.

PLAN FOR “DON’T MAKE A SCENE”: An homage to the Belgian artist Guy Mees, and works on paper that channel Corita Kent, still life photography from the 19th century, and recent geographical erasures.

WHAT IS THE NEW YORK SCENE? The scene is always ephemeral, but I am a fan of ad-hoc events, discussions, and gatherings where thinking, engaging, and viewing, can take place impromptu and out loud.

THE LAST SCENE YOU CONSIDERED YOURSELF A PART OF: Brussels, where I lived and worked from 2009 to 2012, and experienced what I have come to define as a double foreignness. This reflected both the anonymity of growing up out west and the ethnic hybridity of my family of origin. Therefore, I recognized something familiar while living in Belgium that I never would have anticipated. Given that I’ve worked in a few different cities before moving to New York in the fall of 2013, each scene has played a part in my projects.

ARE SCENES PASSÉ? Definitely not! A scene is part of the scenery; it’s a backdrop. Everyone belongs to one or many backdrops.

HOW YOU PASSED THE TIME DURING WINTER STORM JONAS: Taking iPhone videos of the New York whiteout from my apartment window, reading my friend Miguel de Baca’s new book, Memory Work: Anne Truitt and Sculpture, and catching up on Sherlock episodes.

CURRENT AND UPCOMING PROJECTS: I produced an artist project for the forthcoming issue of Public Art Dialogue that will be published this spring, and I’m collaborating with another artist on a four-person exhibition based on the notion of correspondence.

by Kim Schoenstadt
October 23, 2016

Now Be Here #2, NYC (2016) photo by Paola Kudacki, courtesy Kim Schoenstadt, Shinique Smith, and The Brooklyn Museum
Link to participants: “Now Be Here #2, NYC”

On Sunday October 23, 2016, six hundred New York female and female-identifying contemporary artists gathered in the Brooklyn Museum's historic Beaux-Arts Court for the largest group portrait of artists ever taken in New York.

Lisa Blas in Conversation with Thierry de Duve
and Jean-Michel Rabaté
September 6, 2011

Meet me at the Mason Dixon Line: a conversation about artistic practice and complex geographies of disunion, war, and reconciliation

Slought is pleased to announce "Meet me at the Mason Dixon," a conversation on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 from 6:30-8pm between artist Lisa Blas and art historian Thierry de Duve. The event will be introduced by Jean-Michel Rabaté and takes place on the occasion of the Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the Civil War.

Since the Missouri Compromise of 1820, the "Mason's and Dixon's Line" has functioned and symbolized as a legal and cultural boundary between the Northeastern United States and the Southern United States, and has been often associated with questions concerning the legality and legacy of slavery. Today, what does it mean to speak about this divide, and to situate one's artistic or art historical practice within this complex geography of disunion, total war, and reconciliation? Although the Civil War technically ended in 1865 with the cessation of fighting, for many the unresolved tensions between the North and South persist, and the political and social challenges of reconstruction are still unresolved.

With these considerations in mind, this conversation will consider questions such as: In what sense can one say that the Civil War ever ended? Does anything historic ever end? What does it mean to address history in the twenty-first century, and who is one addressing in that regard? What is the function of a confederate or union monument? What does it mean to re-visit the American Civil War era today, not as a historian but as an artist?

This event has been organized on the occasion of Lisa Blas's installation at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA (on view through October 7, 2011), which features images and objects from museum archives that have been excavated for their narratives about the American nineteenth century. Research and travel to locations such as Antietam National Battlefield, the Gettysburg National Military Park, the Smithsonian Institution and the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia have served as departure points for Blas's investigations into national identity, cultural myths, and American history.

Lisa Blas in conversation with Jeffry Cudlin

D.C. artist Lisa Blas discusses her recent public art project PUBLIC / PRIVATE and K-Street Projects, v.1-4 with Jeffry Cudlin, Arlington Arts Center Director of Exhibitions, Arlington, Virginia / 2009


The Brooklyn Rail: “Spine” by Megan N. Liberty


The Sentinel: Art Ejecta Projects emerges in Downtown Carlisle by Joseph and Barrie Ann George

ARTNET DAILY PIC Lisa Blas finds Twins for the 'Times', for Our Times by Blake Gopnik published in Opinion
April 7, 2017 / New York

REVIEW CAPITAL ART TOURS After Lost Space(s) an Exhibition by Lisa Blas, at Kai Matsumiya Gallery by Lisa Lipinski
April 17, 2016  / New York

CATALOGUE SCHUMUCKER ART GALLERY produced in conjunction with the exhibition LISA BLAS / Meet Me at the Mason Dixon 2011Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA
REVIEW THE FORUM Lisa Blas: Meet me at the Mason Dixon Kicks Off 150th Commemoration of the Civil War by Emily Francisco, September 16 ,2011

PRESS RELEASE ROSSICONTEMPORARY Still Lifes, Sometimes Repeated by Lisa Blass, Brussels, BE / 2012-13

REVIEW HART Still Lifes, Sometimes Repeating by Colette Dubois / January, 2013

REVIEW LA LIBRE BELGIQUE Les Fleurs de Lisa Blas by Roger Turine / 2011