Vins Blake Italy, b. 1979
Vins BlakeFading Universe - Soft and Restrained Series, 2018Archival Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag under Museum Glass86.5 x 74 cm (34 x 29 in)1/5
Vins BlakeGamma 12 - Planets Series, 2016Lambda C-type Print under Acrylic Glass100 x 100 cm (39 x 39 in)2/9
Vins BlakeGrapefruit I - Anatomy of a Still Life Series, 2017Fine Art Print on Aluminium98 x 68 cm (39 x 26 in)1/5
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Vins Blake is an Italian Photographer and Film Director with a rather unconventional background.
A scientist by training – he holds an MSc in Biotechnology from University of Milan-Bicocca – Vins felt early on in his career a strong fascination with art, which eventually led him to develop a vision of the world filtered through the prism of his scientific studies. While “art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life” – as Pablo Picasso once said – through the masterful application of chemistry and electronic engineering Vins Blake challenges our perception of reality by subtly playing with everyday objects
Bridging the gap between Blake’s controlled analytical mindset and his vigorous necessity of creative expression, is an attitude that allows him to observe reality from an unconventional standpoint. He then investigates it in its most curious aspects, both physically and conceptually, in order to find pleasing and novel paradigms.
Vins lives in London U.K. and he is available for work worldwide.
What at a casual glance can look like a celestial body viewed from a satellite is in fact nothing more than a common egg, chemically manipulated and shot in the comfort of the Artist’s studio.
Blake’s choice to use the perfect shape of an egg to recreate images of planets is bewildering and fascinating at the same time. These “planets” seem to truly float in outer space, thanks to the dark background that isolates the subjects and highlights their intrinsic features.
ANATOMY OF A STILL LIFE
In Anatomy of a Still Life, Blake leaps even further in his investigation, transitioning from an exterior world, like the shells in Planets, to a veritable journey into nature itself; a narration by images supported by a scientist’s background, where his eye becomes a device able to guide our gaze beyond the surface.
Blake, as only great photographers can do, does not artificially construct a subject, but creates a visual narrative, capturing its primordial essence and,isolates an existing phenomenon by extrapolating it from its own world and finally bringing it closer to our senses.
SOFT AND RESTRAINED
From the need to return to a state of calm, meditation, contemplation, in a milieu of constant aggressiveness that permeates and saturates tone and form, “Soft and Restrained” is born, a series of works driven by a minimalist reduction, yet holding true to its emotional substrate.
Exploring the works of Mondrian, and to a lesser extent those of Malevich and Kandinsky, helps to slow down, to learn afresh to contemplate, and finally to lose oneself in a familiar geometry, albeit intriguing, teeming with passion and dynamism.