Photographer Lucas Blalock (b. 1978) reveals the process and apparatus behind producing photographic images and highlights the inherent artifice of pictures. Equally invested in both the history and the ongoing potential of photography, Blalock’s use of both traditional and digital techniques creates images of ordinary things that become more uncanny and surreal with each intervention by the artist. By intentionally highlighting his technical footprints within an image, Blalock opens up the photographic process in ways that typically go unseen. An Enormous Oar is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition and presents over 20 works produced in the last 5 years focused on still lifes, domestic scenes, and portraits.
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About the Artist
Lucas Blalock: An Enormous Oar is organized by Jamillah James, Curator, ICA LA.
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.