Blalock enthusiastically deploys any method that can be used to construct a picture, provided it is contained within the procedural program of photography. Each picture begins on film, shot with a 4x5 camera by the artist; digital interventions follow. Blalock leaves his pictures unprotected from these overlapping strategies, which often contain overly elaborated procedures lifted from the technical production of commercial photography. Patterns merge and mutate, inflected by color corrections that do not correct and masks that do not fit.
“Many approach ‘inferior’ minority groups with the normalizing trope 'we’re just like you.’ Hendrickson’s work says something similar yet opposite: 'we’re all a bunch of freaks.’ In his shocking paintings, race and gender are mixed and matched as if in a very dirty flip book.” -Huffington Post
FEATURED ARTIST: Andra Ursuta, Conversion Table (detail), 2012. Concrete, wire mesh, manure, tint, vegetable fiber, trims, coins. 37 x 18 x 8 inches. Courtesy of the artist, Ramiken Crucible and François Ghebaly Gallery. http://sculpture-center.tumblr.com/
What I Am Up To (reviewing Lucas Blalock at Ramiken Crucible on Searching For The Light “I might have officially become old. I don’t get the Lucas Blalock. I know the kids (and The New York Times) like him, but I am really at a loss for what is going in his show. There is a string of rather underwhelming and awkward still-lifes, pictures with intentionally sloppy photoshop work and a picture behind a fake wall that is only visible through the front window. …Maybe the intentionally bad photoshop pushes the limits of what an art photograph can be and highlights the now hackneyed point that photographs are always a construction (be it technical or cultural). When you come down to it, none of Blalock’s pictures are terrible engaging. They’re often just clunky and ill-formed. Now is this some attempt to challenge an older generation of art fans? Or is this a less skilled extension of a line of thought that Ethridge started almost a decade ago?”)
FEATURED ARTIST: Andra Ursuta’s work combines references to the traditional folklore of her native Romania with an investigation of feminine identity through a series of sculptures, installations and immersive environments. Ursuta recently had a solo exhibition at Venus Over Manhattan and her work is currently on display at the Venice Biennale.
Andra Ursuta, A Worm’s Dream Home, 2012. Concrete. 20" x 15" x 10". Courtesy of the artist, Ramiken Crucible and François Ghebaly Gallery. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer. http://sculpture-center.tumblr.com/
At Ramiken Crucible in New York, Nolan Hendrickson paints large-scale acrylic canvases populated by figures in exercise-wear. The New Yorker writes that “the energy here is so infectious that one may be forgiven for wanting to cheer."
New New Face, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 78 X 48 inches
Placeholder Eyes, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 48 inches
For more, check out Whitney Kimball’s review in Art Fag City.