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Lucas Blalock's 99¢ Store Still Lifes

June 24, 2011

How does an artist make working at home interesting? In this film, artist Lucas Blalock photographs mundane objects from local discount stores in the living room of his Williamsburg apartment & studio. Shooting with a large format camera, Blalock arranges a series of sculptural, tabletop still lifes on colorful backdrops and patterned fabric.

Quickly moving from one setup to the next, Blalock manipulates each scene by employing mirrors, adjusting the camera’s vantage point, and repeating objects. Finding time to work on nights and weekends in between his day job, Blalock discusses how the conditions and context of his environment structure his relationship to making images.

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Featuring the works Untitled (Crystalline Screw) (2009), Untitled (Deck Prism?) (2009), Strange Loop (2009), Loop-Loop (Picture for NM) (2009), All Aspects Simultaneously (2009), The Cow (La Vache) (2011), and Bananas (2011), as well as works in progress.


Art21 New York Close Up Created & Produced by: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Editor: Mary Ann Toman. Cinematography: Rafael Moreno Salazar, Andrew David Watson & Ava Wiland. Key Grip: John Marton. Sound: Nicholas Lindner, Wesley Miller & Ava Wiland. Associate Producer: Ian Forster. Production Assistant: Paulina V. Ahlstrom, Don Edler & Maren Miller. Design: Open. Artwork: Lucas Blalock. Thanks: Nina Mamakunian. An Art21 Workshop Production. © Art21, Inc. 2011. All rights reserved.

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Lucas Blalock

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.