Q&A with Lucas Blalock
PHOTO 2021 artist Lucas Blalock explores falseness and evident mechanics in photography. To coincide with his Spaced Apart talk, we asked Lucas a few questions about his practice and inspirations.
I started taking pictures in college. I was really into movies and photography gave me a way to realize a cinematic idea without a large production.
My motivations are very personal. The work has changed a lot over the years but I am still dealing with the same basic problems.
Werner Herzog once said, “There are deeper strata of truth in cinema, and there is such a thing as poetic, ecstatic truth. It is mysterious and elusive, and can be reached only through fabrication and imagination and stylization.”
I imagine a viewer that has all the complications of the contemporary moment.
I work my way into them.
It is really all I have to go on.
So many things.
I am in the middle of Ben Lerner’s The Topeka School. Before that I read Jen George’s The Babysitter at Rest for a second time.
Lil Wayne, 21 Savage, Jens Lekman, Jay Electronica, Dolly Parton, Bob Dylan, Jennifer Lopez
“In Spite of Ourselves” by John Prine with Iris Dement
I hope we can see how vulnerable our political systems make people and can reimagine the road ahead.
I can’t say I do.
I would like to make a film one day.
Buy Apple stock with your lunch money.