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Lucas Blalock in Whitney Biennial

An Other Shadow  ©Lucas Blalock

An Other Shadow ©Lucas Blalock

A broad range of projects and artists will be presented at this year's Whitney Biennial, including MFA Photo/Video faculty member Lucas Blalock. The 2019 Whitney Biennial will run from May 17 through September 22 with seventy-nine artists directly engaging with dance, performance, and the space of social engagement and critique.

The artists selected for the 2019 edition, ranging from emerging to well-established individuals and collectives, are working in painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, film and video, photography, performance, and sound.

Blalock will create a mural-sized photographic work to be exhibited on the façade of 95 Horatio Street, located opposite the Museum and across from the southern entrance to the High Line, on the corner of Gansevoort and Washington Streets.

The Whitney Biennial's curators traveled throughout the country and made more than 300 studio visits over the past year. A small number of the artists in the exhibition are Canadian, several are based in Puerto Rico, and a number were born abroad or now live and work outside the U.S.

The House Guest  ©Lucas Blalock

The House Guest ©Lucas Blalock

Lucas Blalock was born in Asheville, North Carolina 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.

Faculty and alumni featured in Photograph Magazine's 30th Anniversary Issue

This month, photograph magazine features work by thesis student Petros Lales and alum Pacifico Silano, with additional commentary by writers, artists, and MFA Photo/Video faculty Lucas Blalock, Lyle Rexer and Marvin Heiferman.

Writing on Lales's The Time Traveler, photographer Lucas Blalock asserts:

" space has at once given us a model for engaging with the virtualities latent in the material world, and new tools with which to picture them... [The Time Traveler] is funny and wise and weird. The eye contact is astonishing. Sci-Fi is all around us these days but rarely is it so convincing."

Petros Lales,  The Time Traveler , 2017.

Petros Lales, The Time Traveler, 2017.

Pacifico Silano,  Untitled (Mirror) , 2018.

Pacifico Silano, Untitled (Mirror), 2018.

Curator Marvin Heiferman says of Pacifico Silano's featured work Untitled (Mirror)

"The gutter-- in the publishing world and on city streets-- is a place we're often cautioned to avoid... the place where images butt up against each other with only a paper fold, white border, or staple separating one from the next. I haven't stopped thinking about this particular one since I first saw it because, spit right down the middle, it's about here versus there, nature and the nature of looking, and, of course, scenarios designed to excite."

In addition to these works highlighted in "photograph is 30," alumni Dinh Q. Lê and faculty Wardell Milan are featured artists in the January/February issue as well. Milan's first West Coast exhibition at the Fraenkel Gallery is highlighted as is Lê's retrospective at the San Jose Museum of Art in California. To read more from photograph magazine's 30th Anniversary Issue, visit the publication's site.

Wardell Milan,  Michael Ross , 2018.

Wardell Milan, Michael Ross, 2018.

Steel Stillman and Lucas Blalock in conversation

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.

The Occupants (2016) by Lucas Blalock. 

The Occupants (2016) by Lucas Blalock. 

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.

"Interiors," 1997-2003

"Interiors," 1997-2003

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.