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Reading, Waiting, Copying
Paul Bloodgood
Reading, Waiting, Copying


Oil on canvas mounted on Gator Board

193 x 223.5 cm
"Nature’s unfolding truth emerges only with the active participation of the human mind, and this is the engagement I would like to encourage."

Paul Bloodgood begins his process with a collage that combines fragments of his own paintings with [reproductions of]those of other artists, from Jackson Pollock to Paul Cézanne; the results read like a jump-start conversation between abstract painting and cartography.
Thing Language
Paul Bloodgood
Thing Language


Oil on canvas mounted on Gator Board

193 x 233.5 cm
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.

Text by Gemma de Cruz

Paul Bloodgood's BIOGRAPHY

Paul Bloodgood
Born in 1960, Nyack, New York, NY
Lives and works in New York City, NY


An Inch of Wholeness, Pei Ling Chan Gallery, Savannah, GA

Objects in Pieces, Newman-Popiashvilli Gallery, New York
Paul Bloodgood, Susanna Hilberry Gallery, Detroit, Michigan

Thing Language, Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York, NY

AC Project Room, New York, NY.

Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Andreas Binder Gallery, Munich, Germany.
Jack’s Name Painting, 303 Gallery, NY

Sandra Gering Gallery, NY
An Epic Poem on the History of Industrialization by R. Buckminster Fuller, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, NY
Baumgartner Gallery, Washington D.C.

Baumgartner Gallery, Washington D.C.

Paintings and House Poems, Sandra Gering Gallery, NY

Margulies Taplin Gallery, Boca Raton, FL.

House Poems from Mab Library, Daniel Newburg Gallery Project Room, NY
Travels from the Notebook, AC Project Room, NY


Abstract America Today, Saatchi Gallery, London

Almanac, Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York

A painting show (in two parts) curated by Michelle Grabner, peregrineprogram, Chicago, IL
Loughelton Revisited, Winkleman Gallery, New York
Paint, Saatchi Gallery, London

Paul Bloodgood, Anne Chu, Walter Keller Gallery, Zurich,Switzerland
At Close Range, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York

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

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

Collaboration with Matthew Higgs, Matthew Higgs, Murray Guy, New York

In The Beginning, Murray Guy, New York New Digs, AC Project Room, New York

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

25th Anniversary, John Weber Gallery, New York.
Drawings from the Mab Library, AC Project Room, New York

Raw, Postmasters Gallery, New York.
Material Abuse, Trans Hudson Gallery, Jersey City, NJ. Curated by Mark Harris

Reveillon ‘94, Stux Gallery, New York.
Sandra Gering Gallery, New York Shouts and Whispers, Venue, Philadelphia, PA

Anxious Art, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA.
Jours Tranquille à Clichy, Paolo Croyannes, Paris, France. Curated by Alain Kirili

Bloodgood, Bullock, Cohen & Kinmont, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York.