DEAR FRIENDS AND REPETITION: An exhibition of new works by Sebastian Black

PRESS RELEASE:
The painting entitled Dear Friends depicts India on a lounge chair in front of a fig tree beside the pool at the sublet where we temporarily reside. The other paintings, titled Grant’s Pool, Grant’s Pool, Grant’s Pool, Grant’s Pool, Grant’s Pool, Grant’s Pool, and Grant’s Pool, respectively, depict the shallow end of the same pool. All of the paintings are copied from images taken with a thermal camera that attaches to my iPhone. The thermal camera is a small direct-to-consumer product that is billed as a useful tool for home repair projects as well as a nifty bauble for observing critters in your yard or even for making art. It plugs into the Lightning port at the bottom of my phone and, like a rain stick, must be constantly jiggled in order work properly. The company that produces the camera also specializes in methods of thermal imaging which are more powerful and effective and consequently more explicitly nefarious. What else? The paints I use are minerals bound in oil pressed from walnuts or flax seeds. Their binder is transparent, unlike the oil around the phone and the camera, which has been rendered hard and opaque through a process that is beyond me. The inside of the iPhone is also too complicated to get into here, though perhaps it is not as complicated as a leaf.
- Sebastian Black

  • Sebastian Black Dear Friends 2020 Oil on linen 45 x 60 inches 114,3 x 152,4 cm
    Sebastian Black
    Dear Friends
    2020
    Oil on linen
    45 x 60 inches
    114,3 x 152,4 cm
    • Sebastian Black Grant's Pool, 2020 Oil on linen 48 x 36 inches 122 x 91,4 cm
      Sebastian Black
      Grant's Pool, 2020
      Oil on linen
      48 x 36 inches
      122 x 91,4 cm
    • Sebastian Black Grant's Pool, 2020 Oil on linen 48 x 36 inches 122 x 91,4 cm
      Sebastian Black
      Grant's Pool, 2020
      Oil on linen
      48 x 36 inches
      122 x 91,4 cm
  • Sebastian Black Grant's Pool, 2020 Oil on linen 48 x 36 inches 122 x 91,4 cm
    Sebastian Black
    Grant's Pool, 2020
    Oil on linen
    48 x 36 inches
    122 x 91,4 cm
    • Sebastian Black Grant's Pool, 2020 Oil on linen 48 x 36 inches 122 x 91,4 cm
      Sebastian Black
      Grant's Pool, 2020
      Oil on linen
      48 x 36 inches
      122 x 91,4 cm
    • Sebastian Black Grant's Pool, 2020 Oil on linen 48 x 36 inches 122 x 91,4 cm
      Sebastian Black
      Grant's Pool, 2020
      Oil on linen
      48 x 36 inches
      122 x 91,4 cm
  • Sebastian Black TBTeatime, 2020 Oil on canvas 20 x 16 inches 50,8 x 40,6 cm
    Sebastian Black
    TBTeatime, 2020
    Oil on canvas
    20 x 16 inches
    50,8 x 40,6 cm