Blashfield Studio's virtual kinetic sculpture, MECHANISM. The 11 channel moving image, audio, and machined aluminum artwork oversees a pivotal passageway in the public Arcade of the Troy Block development in Seattle's South Lake Union. Fluid and exploratory in its strategies of visual expression, the artwork reflects, in ways alternately direct and poetic, contemplative and
From the installation CIRCULATOR
Jim Blashfield's work covers
a wide range-- from genre challenging multiple screen moving image and sound
installations, to live-action and animated narratives,
experimental films, and
classic music videos.
A long-time member of
the vital Pacific Northwest film community, Blashfield's work has been screened and broadcast internationally. He has presented work at the Chicago Art Institute, Ottawa Animation Festival, Northwest Film Center, Seattle Art Museum, Walker Art Center,
Art Futura in Barcelona,
In the mid-1980s,with the completion of his comic surrealist animated film SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES, Jim's work caught the attention of some of the era's most creative artists working in popular music. During this time the studio created high profile music videos for Talking Heads, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Peter Gabriel, Michael Jackson, Tears for Fears and others-- expanding awareness of Blashfield's work internationally.
A previous recipient of grants
from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Oregon Arts
Commission, Blashfield's work was recognized during this
period with a Grammy, a Cannes Golden Lion, and several MTV awards and nominations.
Blashfield's short films
include the recently completed BASEMENT SUITE, SUBSTATION 7, the stop
motion animated film, BUNNYHEADS, SUSPICIOUS
THE TASSELED LOAFERS,
Recent moving image
installations include CONVEYOR, CIRCULATOR, FLOODED DATA MACHINE, and the 11 screen sculptural installation
FILMMAKER / MOVING IMAGE INSTALLATION ARTIST
occasionally rambunctious, upon facets of the area's inclinations and identities over time. Conceived by the artist as "a familiar figure in the neightborhood", MECHANISM's image sequences appear in time-offset rotation, enhancing the experience of visitors and local workers, who will frequently encounter fresh sounds and sequences, absorbing the artwork over time.
A scene from the installation CONVEYOR