Brooklyn-based photographer Lucas Blalock (b. 1978) uses both traditional and digital techniques to create uncanny and surreal images of ordinary things. An Enormous Oar, the artist’s first solo museum exhibition, presents over twenty works produced in the last five years focused on still-lifes, domestic scenes, and portraits.
Lucas Blalock: An Enormous Oar is organized by Jamillah James, Curator, ICA LA, with Alex Nicholls, Curatorial Assistant in close collaboration with the artist.
Support for Lucas Blalock: An Enormous Oar is provided by the Blue Rider Group at Morgan Stanley.
Lucas Blalock was born in 1978 in Ashville, NC, and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His most recent solo exhibition Making Memeries took place at Espace Images in Vevey, Switzerland (2017). Recent group exhibitions include Optical Illusions: Contemporary Still Life, C/O Berlin, Berlin (2017); Good Dreams, Bad Dreams: American Mythologies, Aïshti Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon (2016); Ordinary Pictures, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2016); Image Support, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway (2016); Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2015); Perfect Likeness: Photography and Composition, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2015); Reconstructions: Recent Photographs and Video from the Met Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2015); and Rites of Spring, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston (2014). He has made a number of artist books including his latest, A Grocer’s Orgy (Primary Information, 2018); Towards a Warm Math (Hassla, 2011); Windows Mirrors Tabletops (Morel, 2013); Inside the White Cub (Peradam, 2014), among others. Blalock is also active as a writer and has published in a number of artist’s books and periodicals including Aperture, Foam, Mousse, and Objectiv. He received an MFA from UCLA, a BA from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME.
Lucas Blalock in conversation with Jamillah James, Curator, ICA LA February 17, 2019 Lucas Blalock’s Digital Toolkit,“ 2015. From Art21’s New York Close Up digital film series, courtesy Art21, art21.org Lucas Blalock Gets A Little Help From His Friends,” 2012. From Art21’s New York Close Up digital film series, courtesy Art21, art21.org Lucas Blalock’s 99¢ Store Still Lifes,“ 2011. From Art21’s New York Close Up digital film series, courtesy Art21, art21.org
Installation view of Lucas Blalock: An Enormous Oar
Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, February 10–July 21, 2019
Photo: Elon Schoenholz/ICA LA