Lucas Blalock | An Enormous Oar

by Ottavia Brey

Courtesy of the artist and ICA LA

Courtesy of the artist and ICA LA

Brooklyn-based photographer Lucas Blalock is using conventional techniques to achieve unconventional results. His current show at The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA,), ‘An Enormous Oar’—the artist’s first solo museum exhibition—is a humorous and thoughtful collection of over twenty pieces.

Courtesy of the artist and ICA LA

Courtesy of the artist and ICA LA

The still-lifes, domestic scenes, and portraits, all produced within the last five years, are a testament to the artist’s ability to experiment within the medium in innovative ways. For Blalock, Photoshop isn’t so much a tool for image correction as it is an extension of the composition and development processes.

Courtesy of the artist and ICA LA

Courtesy of the artist and ICA LA

The pieces, coupled with the stud wall on which some of them hang, are a challenge to the prevailing idea of photography as a window. In a recent, insightful interview conducted by ICA LA, Blalock describes the ways in which he played with the elasticity of photography, as well as themes of opacity and clarity, in creating the works currently on display at the museum. The photographer also describes Los Angeles’ influence on his work, in addition to listing a number of artists (from Ed Ruscha, to Michael Asher, to David Hockney) whose subject matter and style helped to inform his own process. The entire interview can be viewed below.

Lucas Blalock’s show, ‘An Enormous Oar’ is currently on view at ICA LA through July 21st.

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