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Artist's Opening Reception & Book Signing: Julie Blackmon at Robert Mann Gallery
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Artist's Opening Reception & Book Signing:  Julie Blackmon at Robert Mann Gallery

"Free Range" is Julie Blackmon's third solo exhibition with the gallery. Blackmon's recent body of work juxtaposes an enduring sense of nostalgia with keenly contemporary details to twist the artist's signature sly wit into strange, wry, and whimsical stories of family life.

When: 9/4/2014
Where: Robert Mann Gallery
525 West 26th Street.
New York, New York  10001
United States
Contact: Robert Mann Gallery

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Julie Blackmon:  Free Range

Exhibition Dates: September 4 - October 18, 2014

Artist's Opening Reception & Book Signing:  
Thursday, September 4
6:00 - 8:00 pm

While Blackmon's work has always eschewed the overly sentimental or saccharine, several of her recent pictures delve further into darkness. Set in the same cavernous house against dark-red walls, "
Hair" and "Dress Rehearsal" invoke shades of sublime as children dance in garish black costumes or hide, only limbs or eyes visible, behind bannisters and doors. Works like "Chaise" and "The Hamster Handbook" take the opposite approach, forming dreamscapes of childhood summers through filtered sunlight and suburban backyards. As always, however, quotidian quips peek through. Barbie parts lie scattered on "Hair's" hardwood floor, and the titular "Handbook" lies amongst toilet paper rolls and re-purposed doll furniture in a hamster's homemade fort.

Read the full press release at Robert Mann Gallery


Image Information:

Julie Blackmon, Chaise, 2013
© Julie Blackmon, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery


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