"My approach tends to be from experiments. I need the challenge. If I know how to do something well, there's no need to do it all the time because it becomes a little monotonous. So I like to find a challenge."
From the series, "New York Close Up"
How can artists get candid feedback on their work? In this film, artist Lucas Blalock and artist friends Fabienne Lasserre and Chris Wiley discuss his latest series of photographs in his Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment, and later attend the opening of "xyz," his first New York solo show at Ramiken Crucible in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Taking the end of the year as an opportunity to reflect, Blalock invites Lasserre and Wiley over to explore the idea of organizing his uncanny photos of mundane objects into a book, as he’s done with previous collections of images. Without opportunities (at the time) for frequent conversations about his work, whether through school or long-term gallery representation, these kinds of informal feedback sessions are a crucial way for Blalock to take stock of his practice, gather critical perspectives, and strengthen bonds with other artists. The film charts the journey of images as private proofs in a privileged apartment viewing to final works for public consumption in the New York art world.
Lucas Blalock (b. 1978, Asheville, North Carolina, USA) currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
CREDITS | "New York Close Up" Created & Produced by: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Editor: Brad Kimbrough. Cinematography: Rafael Moreno Salazar, Andrew David Watson & Ava Wiland. Sound: Nicholas Lindner. Associate Producer: Ian Forster. Production Assistant: Paulina V. Ahlstrom, Don Edler, Amanda Long & Maren Miller. Design: Crux Studio & Open. Artwork: Lucas Blalock. Thanks: Mike Egan, Fabienne Lasserre, Blaize Lehane, Ramiken Crucible & Chris Wiley. An Art21 Workshop Production. © Art21, Inc. 2012. All rights reserved.