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Lucas Blalock Gets A Little Help From His Friends
How can artists get candid feedback on their work? In this film, artist Lucas Blalock and artist friends Fabienne Lasserre and Chris Wiley discuss his latest series of photographs in his Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment, and later attend the opening of xyz, his first New York solo show at Ramiken Crucible in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Taking the end of the year as an opportunity to reflect, Blalock invites Lasserre and Wiley over to explore the idea of organizing his uncanny photos of mundane objects into a book, as he’s done with previous collections of images.
Without opportunities (at the time) for frequent conversations about his work, whether through school or long-term gallery representation, these kinds of informal feedback sessions are a crucial way for Blalock to take stock of his practice, gather critical perspectives, and strengthen bonds with other artists. The film charts the journey of images as private proofs in a privileged apartment viewing to final works for public consumption in the New York art world.More information and credits
Art21 New York Close Up Created & Produced by: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Editor: Brad Kimbrough. Cinematography: Rafael Moreno Salazar, Andrew David Watson & Ava Wiland. Sound: Nicholas Lindner. Associate Producer: Ian Forster. Production Assistant: Paulina V. Ahlstrom, Don Edler, Amanda Long & Maren Miller. Design: Crux Studio & Open. Artwork: Lucas Blalock. Thanks: Mike Egan, Fabienne Lasserre, Blaize Lehane, Ramiken Crucible & Chris Wiley. An Art21 Workshop Production. © Art21, Inc. 2012. All rights reserved.
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Lucas Blalock was born in Asheville, North Carolina, in 1978 and now lives and works in New York. Citing the poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht’s insistence on a theater that reveals its labor, Blalock is interested in revealing the process behind photographic images. Equally invested in both the history and the possibility of photography, Blalock shoots with a large-format camera on film and then scans his images in order to digitally alter them.