Biography: Blake Weld is an interdisciplinary artist who utilizes video, found objects, electric motors, and micro controllers to create and manipulate their art. In 2018, Weld received their master’s in fine arts from University of North Texas. Weld’s work has been exhibited nationally from 500x Gallery in Dallas, Texas to New System Exhibition in Portland, Main. Weld has received numerous grants, most recently The Dallas Foundation grant for the kinetic sculpture, Field of Lawn Chairs, that was exhibited for the 2018 Dallas Aurora EXPANDED exhibition. As a member of 500x Gallery in Dallas, Texas Weld has curated exhibitions, exhibited their own work and most recently became the groups representative at Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas. Weld is currently employed at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas as the Technical Director and Gallery Manager for the Visual Art Department.
Research Statement: My creative research encompasses a broad scope of technological advancements and surveys the poetic nature of production. I rework and manipulate everyday objects to create nonsensical kinetic sculptures that are designed to perform a single task. These machines embrace the humanistic qualities of both sincere intent and hilarious failure. A sense of absurdity arises in the fact that the machine requires routine mechanical maintenance, but regardless of how much they are maintained, they will inevitably self-destruct. The production and maintenance of these objects require a level of versatility and has forced me to incorporate the role of entropy into my art practice. As a result, I have become verse in the language of uncertainty.
The marks that are created, either on paper or as balloons left in the gallery, are physical representation of the passing of time. As visual depictions, the marks created are unique to each exhibition due to the duration of each exhibition, the physical characteristics of the space, and the amount of upkeep for each artwork.
500x Gallery exhibitions and curatorial timeline.
2019 // Mare’s nest, group exhibition with Chris Evans, Sean Lopez, and Zak Loyd in the upstairs space.
// It only wanted to play, solo exhibition in main space.
// Radius, solo exhibition by Alex Mckenzie in the upstairs project space.
2018 // read my mind, solo exhibition by Taylor Barnes in the upstairs space.