621 Gallery Presents:
SET IT AND FORGET IT
An exhibition by Blake Weld
Soft Opening: Thursday | March 5th | 6:30pm-8:30pm
Talk begins at 7 PM
First Friday: Friday | March 6th | 5:30pm-10pm
Exhibition dates: March 6th – March 26th
Artists “can be archivists, activists, storytellers, entrepreneurs, innovators, explorers,” and when an artist is able to adapt and take on “any role that best suits their individual mission,” that’s when they are most powerful. – Blake Weld
Originally from Hopkins, Minnesota, Blake Weld moved to Texas in 2015 when he was accepted into the MFA program at the University of North Texas. He is an active member of the 500x Gallery, which is one of the longest-running artist operated galleries in North Texas. He is also one of four Carter Community Artists at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition to studio work, Weld works for the Department of Visual Art at Texas Woman/s University as the Technical Director and Gallery Manager.
Weld has always had a passion for building; whether that was houses, RC cars, or piecing construction materials together from his father’s garage. In his work, he gathers inspiration from the technological advancement seen in our everyday lives and explores the possibility of technology manifesting into a human-like form.
Blake Weld is inspired by Trey Duvall, Buster Greybill, Zimoun, and the duo Lolo and Sosaku. Specifically, for example, both Weld and Duvall utilize various forms of large-scale installation, video, and other sculptural mediums. “My inspiration for the video projections in the body of work for this show comes from artists including Rosemary Williams, Doug Aitken, Bas Jan Ader, and Bruce Nauman.”
Although Blake Weld still considers himself to be an emerging artist with much to learn, he highly values the mentors he has had and their advice on being persistent with making art. Despite this, he does wish he had a deeper understanding of the business aspect of art-making, earlier on in his career. Further, to develop his career, Blake applies to as many open calls as possible, is heavily involved in art communities, and works on creating opportunities for other artists to exhibit their work.
With consideration to his 621 exhibition, when asked what he hopes visitors walk away with, Weld explains that he actually prefers the unexpected. “My work tends to have actions that are unanticipated and for some people that can be an exciting experience and for others, very disappointing”.