We invite you to join us for the opening reception of Fever Dreams with artist Julie Blackmon on Thursday March 5th at 6:00pm.
The playfully artful and chaotic elements present in the photographs of Julie Blackmon (American, b. 1966) are drawn from the everyday people and places of Blackmon’s daily routine in her hometown of Springfield, Missouri, which she describes as “a generic American town in the middle of the United States.” At first glance, the works may conjure backyard paradises of children at play; a closer look reveals children alone in backyards, garages, and neighborhoods, where the absence of adults suggests a looming potential for danger. The images brim with fantasy and subtle satire that capture a delicate balance between the darkness and charm of contemporary American life.
“I suppose I could make a work where the sun is shining, the mom is lying out in the grass, the kids are happy, and everything is perfect, but that wouldn’t interest me—and it wouldn’t be truthful. My aim is to create a more nuanced, subtly humorous and satirical portrait of the way we live today.”
Julie Blackmon (American, b. 1966) is a photographer who has lived in her hometown, Springfield, Missouri, her whole life in the same neighborhood. She enrolled at Missouri State University where she was captivated by photography as a student. Years later when she became a mother of three, she engaged in photographing her domestic experience as a focus of her work. Blackmon’s work is in the collections of Cleveland Museum of Art, George Eastman House in Rochester, JP Morgan Chase Art Collection, Nelson-Atkin Museum, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Portland Art Museum, and Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, among others. She continues to live and work in Springfield.
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