Presented by Dear Dave Magazine, faculty members and artists, Lucas Blalock and Steel Stillman will be in conversation on Thursday March 29th discussing Blalock’s work, his current exhibition at Galerie Eva Presenhuber in Zurich, and the evolution of his distinctive style, which reimagines what photography can be in the 21st century. The event is free and open to the public. For more details, please click here.
Lucas Blalock makes darkly comic photographs that probe discomfiting corners of the psyche, while thumbing his nose at staid photographic norms. His pictures are purposely awkward, ham-fisted, and jury-rigged, constructed with cutting-edge imaging software that normally fades into the background of slick post-processed advertising, but which he thrusts center stage. Anyone with a rudimentary working knowledge of Photoshop can understand the methods Blalock employs--a jittery fuzz of clone stamping here, an irregular bit of masking there. He has no tricks up his sleeves. But this feeling that we can see the gears of the image turning is precisely Blalock's goal. His upcoming solo exhibition takes its title: "Ketchup as a Vegetable", from the swirl of controversy stirred up by a proposed piece of Reagan-era legislation that sought to cut spending on lunches in public schools in the United States.
Steel Stillman has been a photographer since the late 1970s, recording scenes of often intimate, everyday life with small pocket cameras. The resulting images, typically printed as snapshots at one-hour photo labs, have been the starting point for nearly a dozen bodies of work. Stillman was born in New York City in 1955. Recent New York group exhibitions include Foundation Barbin Presents Sort Of at Kai Matsumiya Gallery, and Cuts Noon Light at Brian Morris Gallery. In 2014, he had solo exhibitions at Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, and Show Room, Brooklyn. He is also a writer and a contributing editor at Art in America.