By Christina Huang
CAMBRIDGE, MA – One phone call, an address (110 Brookline Street) and an open invitation: Saturday night at 6 p.m. — led me to the opening reception of “Extended Absence” at the Blanc Gallery. As I walked into the gallery, I was immediately engulfed by the colorful patterns of Isaac Tin Wei Lin’s work, from the large-scale paintings that hung from the walls, to the intimate pieces that fill the space-between by the staircase to site specific floor installation. It may be hard to believe, on first view, but what appears to be wheat pasted graffiti is actually created by skillful painting.
On the second floor is a small exhibition featuring works by artists of Space 1026, a creative community based in Philadelphia, which Lin has also been involved in. Open since October 2012, Blanc catches Central Square by a storm as the gallery blends contemporary art, music and nightlife. “Extended Absence” runs until December 8. Their next exhibition, entitled “Search” is set to open on December 15, and will feature the works of 20 local photographers from Boston; all are invited to the opening reception from 6 p.m.-midnight. If you cannot make it down to Blanc, you can also check out their new webstore at blancgallery.com, which consists of its currently exhibition as well as works selected by the gallery that are available for purchase.
(Blanc Gallery is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from noon-6 p.m. and weekends by appointment. For more information about Blanc and its upcoming events, call (508) 768-7611.)