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Robert Blanchon

Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies/Marc Foxx

Rosalind Krauss once noted that the sea is a special medium for Modernism because of its isolation, self-sufficiency, and detachment from the social; it promises a limitless visual plenitude, yet is characterized by an insistent sameness. Robert Blanchon has recently photographed the sea as one of three interrelated series that were on view at the Marc Foxx gallery: “Wave (0-9),” “Tree (0-9),” and “Rock (0-9)” (all 1996). Consisting of ten identically presented photographs of individual waves, trees, and rocks, each series seeks to create a tension between a transcendent vision of Modernism and a vision rooted in corporeality. Blanchon abstracted his subjects from nature, most evidently in the ways in which he chose the color of the frames first and then processed the prints to match. The blue monochrome of the wave series evokes the seamless field of post-painterly abstraction, even as

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