J Blackwell’s recent works are called Neveruses (never•uses). Neveruses are lumpish, androgynous painting-objects comprised of scavenged plastic bags and colored fibers such as wool yarn and silk thread. These hybrid devices are neither useful nor redundant, although both are implied.
Originally from New Orleans, J Blackwell is an artist and teacher based in New York City. Their work has been shown nationally and abroad, including solo exhibitions in New York, London, Los Angeles, and Paris. In 2014, they received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. They have also received fellowships from ZKU Berlin, Santa Fe Art Institute, the Delfina Studio Trust in London, and the Corporation of Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York. They received a BA from Bennington College and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. They have been a visiting faculty member at Bennington since 2009 and joined the faculty in Fall 2016.