November 1 - January 12, 2013
Reception with the Artist:
Thursday, November 1
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Julie Blackmon will debut six new works in this, her second, exhibition at the Robert Mann Gallery. In the new pieces we see a shift of focus. While the quality of visual play and style identify the work as hers, there is an inward turn in the characters. Rather than what had become an almost classic scenes of domestic chaos we find characters trapped in their own moment- a girl with a tennis racket chasing a ball down the sidewalk, a teenage boy dressed all in black leaning agains a wall smoking a cigarette, and in the distance a third figure- a man in white carrying a plank of wood over his shoulder. This third figure is a direct nod to a new source of inspiration, the French painter Balthus. Where Blackmon's earlier work traced the history of art to Dutch Renaissance painters like Jan Steen these new images reveal a more contemporary approach with cleanly simplified, boldly uncluttered scenes where figures engage the world each in their own space.
For more information on the exhibition, please visit Robert Mann Gallery