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Julie Blackmon

The Everyday Fantastic

June 09, 2017, through August 27, 2017
Julie Blackmon, New Chair, 2014, archival pigment print. © Julie Blackmon, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery

Julie Blackmon, New Chair, 2014, archival pigment print. © Julie Blackmon, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery

Julie Blackmon, Book Club, 2012, archival pigment print. © Julie Blackmon, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery

Julie Blackmon, Book Club, 2012, archival pigment print. © Julie Blackmon, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery

Julie Blackmon, Hair, 2013, archival pigment print. © Julie Blackmon, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery

Julie Blackmon, Hair, 2013, archival pigment print. © Julie Blackmon, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery

Julie Blackmon, Night Window, 2008, archival pigment print. © Julie Blackmon, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery

Julie Blackmon, Night Window, 2008, archival pigment print. © Julie Blackmon, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery

Julie Blackmon, Peggy's Beauty Shop, 2015, archival pigment print. © Julie Blackmon, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery

Julie Blackmon, Peggy's Beauty Shop, 2015, archival pigment print. © Julie Blackmon, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery

Julie Blackmon, Holiday, 2016, archival pigment print. © Julie Blackmon, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery

Julie Blackmon, Holiday, 2016, archival pigment print. © Julie Blackmon, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery

Julie Blackmon,The Hamster Handbook, 2014, archival pigment print. © Julie Blackmon, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery

Julie Blackmon,The Hamster Handbook, 2014, archival pigment print. © Julie Blackmon, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery

Julie Blackmon, Olive and Market Street, 2012, archival pigment print. © Julie Blackmon, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery

Julie Blackmon, Olive and Market Street, 2012, archival pigment print. © Julie Blackmon, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery

Julie Blackmon, Stock Tank, 2012, archival pigment print. © Julie Blackmon, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery

Julie Blackmon, Stock Tank, 2012, archival pigment print. © Julie Blackmon, courtesy Robert Mann Gallery

Location: Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH

Julie Blackmon: The Everyday Fantastic features work from this major American photographer's most recent, and ongoing, series, titled Homegrown. Blackmon was raised in Springfield, Missouri, and has decided to remain there and make that world the setting for her work. She approaches Middle America with a poetic combination of wonder and worry as she explores the perpetual mysteries of daily life in a particular place.

In Homegrown, her third series, Blackmon evokes a domestic world gone just slightly awry. There is nothing disastrous in her mis-en-scenes--yet. But each image suggests potential intrigues that percolate just below the level of the obvious. The artist's brilliance lies in allowing viewers the sense that they are making their own discoveries rather than entering into a world that has been carefully constructed by the artist.

Of course, Blackmon works diligently to ensnare us in just such a conundrum. Her richly detailed photographs depend on careful staging and the acceptance of serendipity. Her works exist somewhat outside of time--or, at least, they are not obviously or specifically of today. We find few clues about our present lives on view. Rather, the "sets" abound with the detritus of pre-Internet play. The children in her narratives get bored, make pretend, stage performances, and generally rely on the imagination to fill their days. Ultimately, the characters in her work mirror in their play the very practice adopted so successfully by the photographer.

This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, and generously supported by the Charles Gilman Family Endowment.
Curated by John R. Stomberg Ph.D, Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director

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Jun 22
Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH
6:30PM
"Disarray, Harmony, Tension, and Wonder: Writing about Photography"
Jun 29
Dartmouth graduate and undergraduate students are invited to explore the exhibition and meet the artist. Light refreshments provided. Wine for 21+ with ID.
Jun 30
Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH
5:00AM
Enjoy a wine and cheese reception, explore the exhibition, and meet the artist.
Jul 01
Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH
2:00PM
Join John Stomberg, Virginia R. Kelsey ’61s Director of the Hood Museum of Art, and artist Julie Blackmon for an intimate chat about her work. Seating is limited.
Jul 20
Hood Downtown, 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH
7:00PM
Drop in and bring a friend to sketch from a still life and from works on view in the exhibition.

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