On Friday, July 13th 2012 photo-eye Gallery will open an exhibition of new work by Julie Blackmon, the third exhibition of Blackmon’s work at photo-eye Gallery. Endlessly creative, Blackmon continues to produce fantastic images of her children and family members within her own domestic landscape in her ongoing series titled Domestic Vacations. This exhibit will include several recent large-scale photographs up to 60x80 in.
Blackmon’s work feels everyday, yet is surreal, observing overlooked details of domestic life. Inspired by classical paintings, Blackmon’s photographs utilize classical compositions, which are then mixed playfully with carefully placed everyday items – evidence of contemporary culture. Blackmon’s photographs are humorous while touching on art history and personal and popular fictions.
As Blackmon states: “The stress, the chaos, and the need to simultaneously escape and connect are issues that I investigate in this body of work. We live in a culture where we are both 'child centered' and 'self-obsessed.' The struggle between livings in the moment versus escaping to another reality is intense since these two opposites strive to dominate. Caught in the swirl of soccer practices, play dates, work, and trying to find our way in our 'make-over' culture, we must still create the space to find ourselves.”
Since Blackmon’s first exhibit at photo-eye in June of 2006, she has received a number of awards including PND's 30, American Photo's Emerging Photographer of 2008, and first place at Photospiva and in Center’s Project Competition. Blackmon's photographs can be found in permanent collections such as The George Eastman House, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, The Elton John Collection, and The Portland Museum of Art, among others.