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Homegrown

300 W. Superior St.
60654 Chicago
IL

September 6th, 2013 - November 2nd, 2013
Opening: September 6th, 2013 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.edelmangallery.com/
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
River North/Near North Side
EMAIL:  
info@edelmangallery.com
PHONE:  
312.266.2350
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue-Sat 10-5:30

DESCRIPTION

We are pleased to present Homegrown, our third exhibition of work by Julie Blackmon, whose images of her children, nieces, nephews and friends, have transfixed the art world. Blackmon, herself the oldest of nine children, balances her role as a mother of three and an artist, referencing family life and the circumstances it creates. Chaos, disorder, fantasies, social gatherings, game playing, all of these scenarios continue to dominate Blackmon’s work, which we first witnessed in her series, Domestic Vacations (Radius Books, 2008). Elegance, triumphs, dangers and solace mix with fantasy, where nothing is quite as it seems. Like Alice in her wonderland, Blackmon’s children appear in reality and fantasy, engrossed in their fictitious worlds.

Influenced by Jan Steen and 17th c. Dutch paintings, Blackmon also credits Edward Gorey, Tim Burton and Federico Fellini, who stated, “the things that are most real to me are the ones that I invented… even lies are interesting, eloquent and revealing, just as much as what is considered the truth.” By looking at her family through the lens of fiction, Blackmon reveals her own truth and one that seems to resonate with audiences’ worldwide.

Since 2005, Julie Blackmon has received overwhelming critical acclaim. Her works are part of numerous collections, including The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX), George Eastman House International Museum of Photography (Rochester, NY), Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO), Columbus Museum of Art (Columbus, OH), Cleveland Museum of Art and The Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago).