Spaced Apart with Lucas Blalock


New York-based artist Lucas Blalock spoke with PHOTO 2021 Producer Brendan McCleary on 22 June 2020 about falseness and the evident mechanics in photography. The presentation is part of Spaced Apart – an online design, art, photography and sound symposium that brings us closer together while we are spaced apart, exploring the oscillating forces of isolation and connectedness in relation to creative practice.

Lucas Blalock’s work over the last ten+ years has explored falseness and evident mechanics in photography. Blalock recently staged his first solo museum exhibition in the United States, An Enormous Oar at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and his first in Europe, . . . Or or, at the Museum Kurhaus in Kleve, Germany. Recent group shows include: NEW VISIONS: The Henie Onstad Triennial for Photography and New Media, Henie Onstad Art Center, Oslo, Norway (2020), The Extreme Present, Moore Building, Miami, FL (2019), The 2019 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2019), and All the Marvelous Surfaces: Photography Since Karl Blossfeldt, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA USA (2019). Blalock has also made a number of artist books with titles including Towards a Warm Math (Hassla, 2011), Windows Mirrors Tabletops (Morel, 2013), Inside the White Cub (Peradam, 2014), Making Memeries (SPBH, 2016), and A Grocer’s Orgy (Primary Information, 2018). He is also active as a writer and has published interviews and essays in catalogues and periodicals including IMA, Aperture, Foam, Mousse, and Objectiv. Blalock, originally from Asheville, North Carolina, holds a BA from Bard College, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and received his MFA from UCLA.