New Works by John Henry Blatter

October 23 – November 28, 2009

October 23, 2009: Opening Reception, 6:30-8pm; Artist Talk, 7pm
November 6,2009: First Friday Reception, 7-10pm

On Saturday, November 21 from 12 -1pm, exhibiting artist John Henry Blatter will discuss sound art together with Stephen Vitiello, sound artist and Associate Professor of Kinetic Imaging at VCU. The lecture is free and open to the public.


Blatter’s work combines the use of sound, video and environment to sculpt an experience unique to the space he is working in, which is exactly what he has done at 1708 Gallery. New Works features site-specific installation environments.

The work to be shown at 1708 Gallery focuses on the “fleeting instances of tenor in which noises gently fade into silence…[and] time cease to exist,” as described by Blatter. These moments may be inspired by the tragic and the wonderful, the life changing and the everyday, yet these moments share the commonality as they are the times when we feel most singular – connecting each of us together.


Blatter said, “In these singular instances we share at the core, fleeting emotional attachments, with which we can empathize.” The installation at 1708 Gallery will thus be something that is universal – relatable to all who see Blatter’s work.


Blatter currently resides in Richmond, Virginia where he maintains a studio, runs the Daily Constitutional publication and teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University. Previous works have been exhibited in New York, Miami, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Pittsburg; he has shown internationally in British Columbia, Basel and Istanbul.