Title Magazine Reviews Finding Nemo
The online art blog Title Magazine gave rave reviews for Marc Blumthal’s NAPOLEON show.
In the review, the article’s author, Jacob Feige, understands the work as a play between lost and found:
Marc Blumthal reinvents found and personal photographic images in Finding Nemo, his exhibition of manipulated digital prints at Napoleon. Ambiguity and abstraction begin as degradation of these images—deletions and expanding halftone dots—then becoming autonomous forms, their sources often completely lost.
The review talks about the interesting connection between title and object in Blumthal’s work. For example, would we fully understand the concept behind My Father Had a Vasectomy (pictured below) if it were not for the title?
On this topic, Jacob Feige concludes:
Like the California pop artist Ed Ruscha’s text works, the relationship between text and image raises questions without providing answers in Blumthal’s work. At their best, the eight pieces in Finding Nemo arrive at semiotic and formal abstraction, opening a speculative space where ambiguous meaning and formalism coexist in precarious balance.