The Nonconformist

Artist: Lucas Blalock
miscellaneous | Archival inkjet print mounted on aluminum | 2127x1578x64mm | 2017

In his images, Lucas Blalock uses the central tools of photography—the camera as well as Photoshop, which has become ubiquitous in the commercial photography that saturates contemporary life—to explore deceptively simple subjects. When Blalock started using photo editing software, he recalls that the effect of the polished, seamless image seemed “a newly inadequate picture of our world,” prompting him to seek ways to break the conventions of digital manipulation and its pretense of perfection. “I became interested in using it as a tool in the old-fashioned sense, as a magnifier of force and as an extension of the hand,” he has explained. Using Photoshop’s 3-D tools and clone stamp, which allows the user to duplicate part of an image, Blalock has created a sense of dimensional space that interests him because of its uncomfortable, even “antagonistic” relationship to the flat photographic surface and the illusionistic depth of photograph itself. Blalock's Donkeys Crossing the Desert is presented at 95 Horatio Street, across the street from the Whitney. Visitors can view the work head-on through an app designed by the artist, which introduces a layer of augmented reality (AR) into the work. Link to App Store (iOS) Link to Google Play Store (Android) (Image courtesy the artist; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, NY and Zurich; and Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels)


Whitney Biennial 2019 | 2019.05.17 - 2019.09.22 | Whitney Museum of American Art(New York City, NY, United States)