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Alain Bublex, An American Landscape—May Be Icy, 2018, ink-jet print, 20 1⁄2 × 37 3⁄4".

Alain Bublex, An American Landscape—May Be Icy, 2018, ink-jet print, 20 1⁄2 × 37 3⁄4".

Alain Bublex

Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois

The unexpected inspiration for Alain Bublex’s recent homage to American landscape painting is First Blood (1982), the original John Rambo movie, a film cowritten by, and famously starring, Sylvester Stallone. For the French artist—whose interest in Americana previously inspired works such as the Ryder Project, 1999, a caravan of moving trucks that crossed the United States, and “Buy Steel,” 2006–, a series of photographs documenting depressed industrial landscapes in the Ohio Valley—the movie’s provincial setting of Hope, Washington (though the film was actually shot in Canada), recalled the work of American regionalist painters such as Charles Burchfield, Edward Hopper, and Grant Wood. To explore this comparison, Bublex used Adobe Illustrator to redraw all of the landscapes that appear in the initial ten minutes of First Blood. These drawings, with their cartoonish smooth surfaces, rounded

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