It is characteristic for Gentry Blackburn to undervalue her own work. This is not surprising, as her pieces, unique and surprising to the outside viewer, emanate from a world that seems all too natural for Blackburn. This is a world spiced with tin lunch pales, piles of aging LPs, vintage furniture, even a vintage storefront pony ride to accompany her and her guests who sit on 1980’s vinyl chairs on the front porch. The paintings she is currently working on, for a show at Kayo Gallery this month, are a series of images of figures from 1980’s popular culture Blackburn calls “uniconic icons.” For Blackburn, what she paints is an extension of herself, for others it is a flight of fantasy into nostalgic regions of yesteryear.
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