A graduate of the both School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA ’93) and California Institute of the Arts (MFA 95), Jeremy Blake was selected for the Whitney Biennial in 2000, 2002 and 2004. His “Winchester” series, inspired by the story of Sarah Winchester and the Winchester Mystery House, was shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2005. He also was selected to participate in the Renaissance Society group exhibition, “All the Pretty Corpses”, in 2005. Jeremy Blake also created the painted abstract hallucination scenes in the 2002 Paul Thomas Anderson film Punch-Drunk Love, and contributed artwork and video for Beck’s album Sea Change. Blake was also involved in creating and commissioning a soundtrack album called The Forty Million Dollar Beatnik with Neil Landstrumm and Mike Fellows in 2000 on Scandinavia Records and Pork Salad Press to accompany an LA drawings/script show by Blake of the same title. His work is held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Blake was the boyfriend of filmmaker, cultural critic and computer game designer Theresa Duncan. In February 2007, the couple moved from Los Angeles to New York City, and resided in the East Village. He was also the son of Anne Schwartz Delibert and the brother of Adrienne Morningstar Delibert.
On July 10, 2007, Jeremy Blake found Duncan dead in their apartment, the result of an apparent suicide. On July 17, 2007, Blake was reported missing off New York’s Rockaway Beach. According to news accounts, a woman called 911 to report that she saw a man walking out into the ocean. Blake’s clothes and wallet were reportedly found along with a suicide note that referred to Duncan. On July 22, 2007, Blake’s body was found by a fisherman in the waters off Sea Girt, New Jersey. Blake’s cause of death was presumed to be suicide by drowning. According to statements by acquaintances of the couple that have appeared in published reports (including an article in the January 2008 Vanity Fair), Blake said that he and Duncan were being followed and harassed by Scientologists prior to his disappearance. Blake also included his allegations of harassment by Scientologists and others in a 27-page “chronicle” he prepared for a lawsuit he planned to file. The couple was posthumously profiled in the September 10, 2007 issue of Newsweek.
- October, 04, 1971
- Fort Sill, Oklahoma
- July, 17, 2007
- Rockaway Beach, Queens, New York
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