Sunday, September 20, 2015

Lucas Blalock's Digital Toolkit - a look at how the artist works with Photoshop

Produced by art21 Lucas Blalock's Digital Toolkit is a 6 minute and 7 second look at how the artist works with Photoshop. Lucas Blalock creates uncanny pictures using simple Photoshop tools. Blalock demonstrates how he tweaks analog photographs—all taken with a large-format camera - by digitally erasing, masking, cloning, and drawing on scans of images. Approaching each picture as a game of enhancing visual relationships, Blalock preserves the clumsy quality of his alterations in a kind of slapstick full of pathos and whimsy. Collaborating with the filmmakers, Blalock’s studio process is staged through a series of reenactments, sleights of hand, and animations that overtake the video itself.

Lucas Blalock (b. 1978, Asheville, North Carolina, USA) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He earned a BA from Bard College (2002), attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2011), and is an MFA candidate at UCLA (2013). He has been a resident at The Fields Project, Oregon, Illinois (2005) and Yarding: Branch Summer Projects, Carrboro, North Carolina. Publications include the artist’s books Towards a Warm Math (2011) and I Believe You, Liar (2009), as well as a series of interviews with artists for The Photography Post (2010–11). His work has been included in the exhibitions The Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of the Parts, Contact Gallery, Toronto (2011); Chinese Take-Out, Art in General, New York (2011); WIN LAST DON’T CARE, Ramiken Crucible, New York (2011); LOOKbetween, LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph, Deep Rock, Virginia (2010); Off the Clock, 92Y Tribeca, New York (2010); Things Just Aren’t The Way They Used To Be, Kate Werble Gallery, New York (2010); Self Publish, Be Happy, Photographers’ Gallery, London (2010); Green Honey, Ramiken Crucible, New York (2010); 50 Artists Photograph the Future, Higher Pictures, New York (2010); Use Me Abuse Me, Smack Melon, Brooklyn; Redi-Mix, Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York (2010); One Hour Photo, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC (2010); and WRONG: a program of text and image, Eighth Veil, Los Angeles (2009).

Lucas Blalock's Digital Toolkit is well worth a look, you can go there HERE.

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