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Stephen Blaise is a New York based artist who explores humans’ most basic desires through new media, video installations, objects and text. Blaise’s work examines the idea that boundaries are permeable and that reality has a formal structure that cannot be definitively known.

In the 90’s Blaise created a personal, cryptic body of work using POSTCARDS and the U.S. Postal Service. Years before first hearing the term mail art, he would send his work anonymously on a weekly bases to a carefully chosen list of 25 recipients. Ultimately, these mailings numbered in the thousands.

In 2001, Stephen Blaise lectured for MoMA on transcending representation in his series ‘Non-Objective Others’. In 2003, Blaise was invited to exhibit his ‘Non-Objective Others’ at the TED Conference in Monterey, California.

Stephen Blaise is widely recognized for being the co-Founder and Editor of FLY DVD, which launched in December 2005. This project became the world’s first ‘Motion Media’ Magazine, filling a missing presence in the world of media and culture. As a pioneer of the fashion narrative in cinema, Blaise used the open frame of the fashion editorial to explore social constructs and ideas such as causality, identity, perception and limitation. In 2008 this platform evolved to become the online gallery FLY16x9, a digital space created as a means for an authentic exchange of ideas and collaborations among artists.

In 2008, the artist was given a solo exhibition at the FOAM Museum Amsterdam, which consisted of a video installation with corresponding stills. In 2008, he also collaborated with the artist Liam Gillick, a chosen finalist for the Vincent Van Gogh Award. Their video ‘Everything Good Goes’, exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. In 2009, Blaise’s large-scale video projections filled the atrium walls of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. That same year, he collaborated with the artist Mathieu Briand, creating a film and performance piece as part of Performa 2009. In January of 2010, three of the artist’s films were included as part of a group show titled ‘Utopia’ at the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin. In 2010, Blaise’s work was screened at the SVA Theater in New York, as well as at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Other credits include Festival d’Hyeres Villa Noailles, France, the Noovo Festival in Santiago de Compostela Spain, an exhibition hosted by the city of Milan and the 9th Biennial in Lyon, France.