About Law

Law Blank

Artist
Law Blank has been painting, showing in galleries, and selling his work for over 30 years. Law’s current series of paintings “Reconnecting Time and Memory – Buddha | Munchausen | Freud” will attempt to address memory in its clear and its fabricated glory. Focusing on childhood memory, it will be my exercise in recalling the intangible fears, achievements, expectations, love and loss in an interpretive leap of faith. I find the gaps in memory, for a creative person, allows for filler in the form of desire, or self-aggrandizing backstory. The results are indicative of our current state of self and denial. The narrative of each canvas will live independent of each other, but thread a consistent notion that time and memory are intrinsically connected and we truly do not have a grasp on either.

Law is also active in many other areas of creativity and philanthropy:

  • Board Member: Sing Me a Story Foundation
  • Advisory Board Member: Resident Theater Company, West Chester, PA
  • Principal Learning and Performance Consultant for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Principal Songwriter for Robots Eat People and Law Blank
  • He is also the founder of a new media outlet called stART Talking Art, which promotes art and creativity with interview, presentations, and featured artist.

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SELECTED EXHIBITIONS/PERFORMANCES (*Single Shows)

1996-Present OPEN DOOR GALLERY
2007 HISTORIC STRAWBERRY MANSION GROUP EXHIBIT (CONTEMPORARY AND TRADITIONAL WORKS OF ART). Philadelphia, PA.
1999 *BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKSELLERS: THE AMAZON-FOLKLORE AND REALITY. Baltimore, MD.
1998 *THE BUCKWALTER GALLERIES, INC.: THE AMAZON-FOLKLORE AND REALITY. Malvern, PA.
1997 *IMPRESSIONS GALLERY: THE AMAZON-FOLKLORE AND REALITY. Danville, PA.
1997 THE OPEN DOOR GALLERY. Two-person show with Krista L. Smith. Lewisburg, PA.
1997 MELLON BANK. Group exhibition featuring artists living in Central Pennsylvania. Lewisburg, PA.
1997 *DOGWOOD HILL GALLERY: THE AMAZON AND WORLD RAINFORESTS. Lewisburg, PA.
1997 PACKWOOD MUSEUM INVITATIONAL. Lewisburg, PA.
1996 FOREIGN CORRESPONDENCE: CHECKING IN/CHECKING OUT. Commissioned by Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA for symposium on political systems.
1996 ARTFORMS GALLERY. Group exhibition. Lewisburg, PA.
1996 FOREIGN CORRESPONDENCE: CHINO DEVILS, VIOLET LIES. Collaboration with documentary filmmaker Lynn Estomin. Multi-media expose of men’s Christian group, Promise Keepers. “Off the Avenue Studio,” Cincinnati, Ohio; Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA; Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. Commissioned by University of Cincinnati Women’s Conference “Sex, Gender, and Transgression.”
1995 FOREIGN CORRESPONDENCE: THE BLINDS. Two-Act play concerning alienation in America, showing the extremes of embracing and rejecting technology.
1994 Tustin Theater, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA. Commissioned by Bucknell University.
1994 *THE BRADELY SHOEMAKER GALLERY: RECENT PAINTINGS. Lewisburg, PA.
1994 FOREIGN CORRESPONDENCE: THE HAIR PIECE. Spoken-word installation/performance. The Cave Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA; The Emporium, Bloomsburg, PA. Funded by Bucknell University and Lewisburg Arts Council.
1994 FOREIGN CORRESPONDENCE: DREAMS DON’T BITE. Spoken-word video installation addressing television culture and the power of the media. Lewisburg Community Arts Center, Lewisburg, PA. Sponsored by the Lewisburg Arts Council.
1994 ORGANIZATIONS UNITED FOR THE ENVIRONMENT ART COMPETION. Traveling exhibition protesting construction of toxic waste incinerator in Allenwood, PA. The Cave Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA; Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA; The Old Jail Gallery, Williamsport, PA.
1993 ART EXPO 1993. Group exhibition, curated and exhibited. Effort to bring contemporary art to Central Pennsylvania. Lewisburg, PA. Sponsored by Lewisburg Arts Council.
1993 PACKWOOD MUSEUM INVITATIONAL. Lewisburg, PA.
1991 THE ARMORY SHOW. Group Exhibition. New York, NY
1991 GRACIE MANSION. Group Exhibition. New York, NY
1991 VAN VORST GALLERY. Group Exhibition; Charles Sheller, Frank Palia, Robert Williams, Brian Perrin. Jersey City, NJ.
1991 CATHEDRAL ARTS FESTIVAL. Invitational. Jersey City, NJ.
1990 *ASTHMATIC LLAMA SHOW. Paintings and installation of llama having an asthma attack. Horace Pippin Community Center, West Chester, PA.
1990 *EXPRESSIONS OF HUE GALLERY. West Chester, PA.
1989 *CAVEAT EMPTOR GALLERY. Philadelphia, PA.
1989 SUNSET HILL GALLERY. Group show; Charles Ray, Steve Janney, Harry Dunn, Dennis Haggerty. West Chester, PA.

GRANTS/AWARDS/COMMISSIONS
HERITAGE PROPERTIES, INC. “Four Seasons” 4 panel mural commissioned for RCM&D Building, Towson, MD.
LEWISBURG COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER GRANT. Grant awarded for community related art projects, 1994.
FIRST PRIZE: PAINTING. O.U.E. Art Competition, Lewisburg, PA, 1994.

EDUCATION
Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, Philadelphia, PA. Design Program.
Janet C. Reed, Royal Academy of Art London. Private study, painting.
College of Charleston, Charleston, SC. Art History Program.

RELATED EXPERIENCE
Bucknell University, Non-accredited teacher. Painting/Drawing.
Lewisburg Community Arts Center, Director/instructor.
Lecture: “Art and Activism,” Central Pennsylvania National Art Honors Society Induction Ceremony. Mifflinburg, PA.
Crayon Power. Coloring book used as a letter-writing tool for children to get involved in environment actions. Collaboration with United Nations, Barnes and Noble Bookstores, Rainforest Action Network, and the Rainforest Alliance. Awarded Puffin Grant.

Artist Statement

My name is Law Blank and I have been painting for 30+ years now. Frankly put, I half-assed my career in art for the better part of those 30 years. Continually underestimating my talent and vision, coupled with many difficult life choices, culminated in a smattering of local, and regional exposure. It has only been in the last 3 years that I have found new clarity in my work, my vision, and what it means for me to be an artist. I am not taking this second chance for granted and have dedicated my focus on making the art that I have always wanted…unencumbered, unfiltered, true to my vision. This is the work I present to you.

My series of work “Reconnecting Memory and Time: Buddha, Munchausen, Freud” has been the chrysalis in paving the way for my presenting the highest level of work that is thoughtful, provoking, irreverent, and honest. Centered around my own childhood memories, and that projected of my own children, it has been wonderfully difficult to create this work. This challenge, I believe, has translated into work that is compelling, but also accessible on many levels for the viewer of the work. I plan on pulling no punches and my excitement grows with each new work that fills in the puzzle a little more.