Reading, Waiting, Copying, 2010, and Thing Language, 2010, each describe a reconfigured landscape of distorted scale and inconsistent or limited perspective, laid out on the canvas in rich, earthy-coloured shapes threaded together with intense lines. The initial collages create physical boundaries that are functional in putting the composition together which he then partially smooths out when he makes the paintings themselves. Even though the physical fragmentation isn’t carried over, the result reads in visual terms like a lack of punctuation, as areas of the painting are butted together and collide to create a new language. Bloodgood retains enough of the angular awkwardness of the mixed-up styles and scales to build up a structure within the composition, but does so in a way that lets the perspective move back and forth within the pictorial depth with a fluid lyricism. The illogical spatial relations, imbalances and distortions become the subject of the painting as much as their original source.
The physical disordering that takes place in making the collages is echoed by the conceptual jumps between painting styles of other artists which are both transferred, in different ways, into the paintings. These fictitious landscapes become investigations into quotation and reinvention and celebrations of imperfection.
Born in 1960, Nyack, New York, NY
Lives and works in New York City, NY
2013 An Inch of Wholeness, Pei Ling Chan Gallery, Savannah, GA
2012 Objects in Pieces, Newman-Popiashvilli Gallery, New York
Paul Bloodgood, Susanna Hilberry Gallery, Detroit, Michigan
2010 Thing Language, Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York, NY
1999 AC Project Room, New York, NY.
1996 Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Andreas Binder Gallery, Munich, Germany.
Jackâ€™s Name Painting, 303 Gallery, NY
1995 Sandra Gering Gallery, NY
An Epic Poem on the History of Industrialization by R. Buckminster Fuller, Gavin Brownâ€™s Enterprise, NY
Baumgartner Gallery, Washington D.C.
1994 Baumgartner Gallery, Washington D.C.
1993 Paintings and House Poems, Sandra Gering Gallery, NY
1992 Margulies Taplin Gallery, Boca Raton, FL.
1990 House Poems from Mab Library, Daniel Newburg Gallery Project Room, NY
Travels from the Notebook, AC Project Room, NY
2014 Abstract America Today, Saatchi Gallery, London
2013 Almanac, Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York
2012 A painting show (in two parts) curated by Michelle Grabner, peregrineprogram, Chicago, IL
Loughelton Revisited, Winkleman Gallery, New York
Paint, Saatchi Gallery, London
2009 Paul Bloodgood, Anne Chu, Walter Keller Gallery, Zurich,Switzerland
At Close Range, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York
2008 Peace Among Topographers, Michel Auder and Paul Bloogood, Newman Popishvili Gallery, New York, NY Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Ferndale, MI
Unrelated, curated by Matthew Higgs, Wilkinson Gallery, London
Paul Bloodgood, Leonard Bullock, Greg Kwiatek, David Zwirner Gallery, NY
2007 Looking Back: The White Columns Annual, selected by Clarissa Dalrymple, White Columns, New York
Things From Your Life: An Exhibition in 3 Homes, curated by Kelly Adams and Paul Bloodgood, Jackson Heights, New York
In The Viewing Room, curated by Lisa Sigal, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, NY Jackson, curated by Barry Rosenberg, University of Connecticut Art Galleries, Stoors, CT
2000 Collaboration with Matthew Higgs, Matthew Higgs, Murray Guy, New York
1998 In The Beginning, Murray Guy, New York New Digs, AC Project Room, New York
1997 Paul Bloodgood/Marybeth Edelson, Art Resources Transfer, New York, NY.
Shadows curated by Suzanne Joelson, E.S. Vandam
Paul Bloodgood, Paula Hayes, Josiah McElheny, Sandra Vallejos, AC Project Room, New York
1996 25th Anniversary, John Weber Gallery, New York.
Drawings from the Mab Library, AC Project Room, New York
1995 Raw, Postmasters Gallery, New York.
Material Abuse, Trans Hudson Gallery, Jersey City, NJ. Curated by Mark Harris
1994 Reveillon â€˜94, Stux Gallery, New York.
Sandra Gering Gallery, New York Shouts and Whispers, Venue, Philadelphia, PA
1993 Anxious Art, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA.
Jours Tranquille Ã Clichy, Paolo Croyannes, Paris, France. Curated by Alain Kirili