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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.

Lynn Shelton's new feature film Outside In

"Shelton and Duplass lend every significant character a sense of uncontrived evolution, leading to a finale that is stirring precisely for being so tentative and reserved." - Dennis Harvey, critic at Variety

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Outside In is a 2017 American drama film, directed by Lynn Shelton (1995 MFA Photo, Video and Related Media graduate), from a screenplay by Shelton and Jay Duplass. It stars Jay Duplass, Edie Falco, Kaitlyn Dever, and Ben Schwartz. The film had its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and is scheduled to be released ins select theaters on March 30, 2018, by The Orchard. Outside In tells the story of an ex-con adjusting to modern life forms an intense bond with his former teacher, who herself is struggling to connect with her daughter.

In colloboration with the SVA Filmmaker's Dialogue, SVA will hosting a screening and q-&-a with Lynn Shelton on Tuesday March 27th at 6:15pm. The event is free for students with an SVA ID. For more information, please click here.

Leigh Ledare in Conversation with Steel Stillman

Dear Dave magazine, presents artist Leigh Ledare in conversation with artist, writer and faculty member Steel Stillman, discussing Ledare’s current solo exhibition, The Plot—Ruttenberg Contemporary Photography Series at The Art Institute of Chicago and the complex interpersonal dynamics that are at the heart of his work.

The dialogue will take place Thursday October 5th, 2017 at 7pm at the SVA Theatre located at 333 West 23rd Street in New York. The event is free and open to the public.

For more details, please click here. 

Image courtesy of Leigh Ledare.

Image courtesy of Leigh Ledare.

Leigh Ledare, 'Double Bind (Dyptich #15/25),' 2010. (Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash)

Leigh Ledare, 'Double Bind (Dyptich #15/25),' 2010. (Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash)

Leigh Ledare pushes social systems to lay bare their underlying structures. His fundamentally collaborative photographic projects and films rely on the enactment of complex social situations and interpersonal dynamics that play out with and before the camera. Currently the subject of a solo exhibition at The Art Institute of Chicago which runs through January 1, 2018, Ledare’s exhibitions and projects have been exhibited extensively in the US and abroad. His publications include: Double Bind Conversations with Rhea Anastas (A.R.T. Press, 2015), Ana and Carl and some other couples (Andrew Roth, 2014), a collaboration with Nicolás Guagnini, Leigh Ledare, et al. (Mousse Publishing, 2012), edited by Elena Filipovic; Double Bind (MFC-michèle didier, 2012); and Pretend You’re Actually Alive (PPP Editions and Andrew Roth, 2008).