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Mourning an artist

August 04, 2007

RE "Why'd They Do It?" by Chris Lee, July 25, and "In a Cocoon of Their Making," by Chris Lee, Aug. 3:

The years that I spent working with Jeremy Blake, through my gallery, Works on Paper Inc., in Los Angeles, were productive and amazingly exciting.

It was an experience that continues to positively influence an approach to my own curatorial practice.

His video work, often referencing formal conventions of painting, was progressive and deeply intelligent. Possessing a sensual beauty that was almost intoxicating, it was completely of the 21st century while offering conscious and thoughtful references to events that inform our collective cultural and historical experience.

I continue to have a great respect for the work that he made, and I am heartbroken that he decided to silence his own voice. At their best, both Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan had an elegant and eloquent sense of humor.

Christine Nichols

Venice

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