Review: Julie Blackmon

Art Review: Photographer Julie Blackmon's Memories of Home 

By Meg Brazill
June 28, 2017

A mother's back is turned to her three small children while she searches deep in a car trunk for something out of view. Behind her, one of her children spins around a loading zone sign, while her baby brother picks at cracks in the sidewalk outside a boarded-up building, and their toddler sister clutches a purse as she crosses the street alone. The scene is ominous yet strangely carefree — if trouble is on the horizon, it hasn't happened yet.

Julie Blackmon's photographs, including "Loading Zone," suggest a delicate balance between freedom and responsibility, chaos and order. They provide a glimpse into the artist's world and, sometimes, right into her backyard.

Ten of Blackmon's large-scale color photographs from her most recent series, "Homegrown," are on exhibit in "Julie Blackmon: The Everyday Fantastic" at the Hood Downtown gallery in Hanover, N.H.

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