SiTE:LAB participated in the 3rd edition of the UNTITLED art fair in Miami from December 1 - 7, 2014, featuring a new site-specific installation by Brooklyn-based artist Blane De St. Croix. High Rise is a monumental/miniature sculpture referencing both the beauty and devastation upon the Florida Everglades, including issues of encroachment, climate change and the myriad of ways human behavior effects and modifies the natural landscape. Blane De St. Croix’s work explores the geopolitical landscape through sculpture, architecturally intervening installation and work on paper. The work formally draws from the historical references of the landscape painting tradition and its accepted sublime beauty, but it is further interested in contemporary societies underlying ecological and political conflicts that uniquely frame the memory of the current landscape.
“Blane De St. Croix has grounded his artistic practice on a solid foundation of research that situates his work between the discourses of art, cultural geography, and ecology. … He utilizes the landscape for presenting significant issues that are shaping current social and political affairs. The artist selects locations that serve as flashpoints and through his strategy of dis-location heightens their polemical nature with dialectical contrasts of exterior and interior, monumental and miniature, artifice and reality, subject and object. Extending the dialogue with nature initiated by Land Art in the 1960s, De St. Croix also reaches back the traditional role of artist-explorer, while participating in the contemporary conversation on the cultural landscape as a social signifier.” - Joseph D. Ketner II, Henry and Lois Foster Chair in Contemporary Art, Distinguished Curator-in-Residence, Emerson College, Boston. Selected from “Frozen Dis-Location, Blane De St. Croix: Dead Ice”
Blane De St. Croix’s work has been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally, in solo and group shows at venues including: Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY; Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; The Land Art Biennial, The National Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; The Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA; The Kathmandu International Triennial, Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu, Nepal; New York University Galleries, New York, NY; The Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY; Future Arts Research, (F.A.R.), Phoenix, AZ; Gasworks Gallery, London, England; Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY; Wave Hill, Bronx, NY; Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL; The Virginia Commonwealth University Gallery, Richmond, VA; and The Sheila Johnson Design Center, Parsons the New School for Design, New York, NY. Additionally, his work is included in both institutional and private collections in the United Sates and abroad.
De St. Croix has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including: The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship; The Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors; The Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant; The MassArt Alumni Award for Outstanding Creative Accomplishment; and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture. De St. Croix’s many notable international and national fellowship and artist residencies include: The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Award Space Program, Brooklyn, NY; an Art Omi Residency, Ghent, NY; Smack Mellon Studio Program, Brooklyn, NY; Gasworks Artist Studio Residency, Triangle Arts Trust, London; Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY; Special Editions Residency, Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY; The Arctic Circle Residency; and multiple MacDowell Colony Fellowships, Peterborough, NH.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Blane De St. Croix was educated at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (M.F.A. Sculpture) and Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts (B.F.A. Sculpture with distinction). His work is represented by Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY.
SiTE:LAB is a Grand Rapids-based non-profit that organizes art exhibits in temporary locations. Over the past five years, SiTE:LAB has staged over a dozen site-specific projects in unique locations ranging from a vacant hotel, to a nature center and an abandoned natural history museum. SiTE:LAB was the recipient of the ArtPrize juried award for best venue in 2011, 2012 and 2014, and exhibited the winner of the ArtPrize grand prize juried award in both 2012 and 2013.
SiTE:LAB's participation in UNTITLED was generously supported by Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.
Blane De St. Croix