Homegrown by Julie Blackmon
From Radius Books & Robert Mann Gallery
Following the sold-out success of Domestic Vacations, (Radius Books, 2009), Homegrown captures Blackmon's ever-evolving talent for portraying the tension between the harmony and disarray of domestic life. As Seattle Times arts writer Michael Upchurch said of her work, "Visual jokes and puns are plentiful. But so are family mysteries, childhood psychodramas and painterly richness." The influence of the 17th-century Dutch painter Jan Steen can be seen in photographer Julie Blackmon's kindred sense of humor and colorful attention to the absurd at home. Though playful and entertaining, her depictions provide an analogous observation on the struggle between living in the moment versus escaping to another reality, two opposites that strive to dominate. Included are 40 works made from 2009-2014, an interview of the artist by Academy Award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon, as well as an insightful introduction by the renowned poet Billy Collins.
Julie Blackmon at Crystal Bridges Museum
July 29, 2014
State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now
September 13, 2014 - January 19, 2015
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Julie Blackmon's iconic piece Stock Tank is featured in State of the Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AK, a landmark exhibition which presents the work of outstanding contemporary American artists. Blackmon's ingenious and engaging commentary on American domesticity was selected from an initial pool of over 1,000 artists, and provides a piquant element to the landscape of American art today. State of the Art brings together the artwork of more than 100 artists, ranging from works on canvas and paper to photography and video to installation and performance art, and more. To learn more about the exhibition, click here.
The Embroidered Image reviewed in Knotwe
August 18, 2014
This week a show that lit the New York skyline in the fibers world will be closing Friday, August 15th. We hope it is one of many more to come that showcase the diverse range of contemporary artists who have emboldened not only the embroidery world's imagination but represent a, dare we say it, movement, well afoot of contemporary artists utilizing the conceptual strengths and mark making splendor of embroidery on photo images. The show's curator Orly Cogan selected an international brew of artists who are each working and drawing the thread through images in their own distinct way.
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Maroesjka Lavigne in Lensculture
August 5, 2014
Gallery artist Maroesjka Lavigne was named one of LensCulture's Top 50 Emerging Talents of 2014 with her series You are More than Beautiful, a photographic essay focused on plastic surgery in Seoul, South Korea. The artist writes: “Pressure is high in Seoul in almost every part of life. Getting into a good school, finding a good job, finding a man and having a wealthy life is not taken for granted. People have to compete with each other all the time. And of course beauty is a very important part of this competition. But Seoul takes it to a next level. A picture on your school application or job interview is a must. That's why looks are a very important part of your future. Girls get nose jobs as a graduating gift to get a better job.” To read the full artist's statement about the series and to view a selection of images, click here.