Honestly, I've never liked his stuff to begin with. So it's kind of hard for me to respond when you say what happened to him. I think It's all the same awful stuff. I do think that he payed the way for this movement, and now his time has passed. Just my opinion.
I am confused....you don't like Blaine and his work is awful, but you are giving him credit for paving the way for this movement?
And to sleep, I think his work is maybe a bit derivitive of Nathan Ota, who taught him at school from my understanding, but I think Blaine had a little more of a graff type edge. When I first started collecting I was drawn to it for some reason. I now look at a bit different, but I think he just handled things all wrong. I also think he slacks a bit from what i have heard and also experienced. Hopefully he makes a worthwhile body of work for 2010.
Posted an interview with Blaine here for those interested.
Here is an excerpt.
Arrested Motion (AM): Hi Blaine. Let us all get reacquainted with you. It’s been almost 3 years since your last solo show - where have you been concentrating your efforts in the intervening time?
Blaine Fontana (BF):
It was all about harmonizing my fine art, design, sculpture and woodworking into one glued medium. Although thinking backwards now, I spent a lot of my thoughts and creative pursuits in the design field, professionally and personally. I have always been a designer, but it wasn’t until my break did I approach the medium as a craft I needed to perfect like all those previous years with my fine art. Some of my biggest design projects were quietly being worked on even during those explosive 2006 and 2007 years.
In addition to exploring design, I had the opportunity to build a wood shop at the Bainbridge Island house. My addiction to woodworking began here, in ‘07 with the addition of my younger brother, a brilliant architect, designer, and artist in his own right. I was schooled on the jargon, techniques and applications of working with a new medium. I was always painting, but in a snail’s pace and very selectively. It was during these years a significant turning point in my thinking and who I am came to me when I realized I’m not a painter, but a rounded creative, and painting happens to be one of my outlets. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention I’ve been devoting my time academically doing lectures, presentations and my first commencement speech. I was asked in ‘08 to join the advisory board for Northwest College of Art in the Puget Sound. This has been a very rewarding experience and satisfies my addiction of giving back to the community and the art world.