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2019 Group Show – Julie Blackmon's Fixer Upper

photo-eye Gallery 2019 Group Show
Julie Blackmon's Fixer Upper
In this profile, we speak with represented artist Julie Blackmon about creating her new imgae Fixer Upper. Blackmon's Fixer Upper is currently featured in our 2019 Group Show, on view through April 20, 2019.

Julie Blackmon's Fixer Upper, 2018 (right) installed in the 2019 Group Show at photo-eye Gallery.
photo-eye Gallery's 2019 Group Show highlights a diverse collection of contemporary photographic work created by select represented artists, including Julie Blackmon's new image Fixer Upper. Fixer Upper is the latest work in Blackmon's ongoing series of wry and satirical images commenting on American life in the 21st Century. Lately, Blackmon's work examines social and economic trends, as well as political ideology, through the domestic lens of home and family. Based in Springfield Missouri, Blackmon uses her immediate surroundings and extended family as inspiration for her imagery, often photographing on location in her hometown and employing friends and family members as models in her complex and intricately composed tableaux.

In the statement below, Blackmon shares some insight into the process and intention behind creating Fixer Upper.

Julie Blackmon, Fixer Upper, 2018, Archival Pigment Print, 22x29" Image, Edition of 10, $4000

"When I set out to photograph a dilapidated home in our neighborhood, in the process of a "make-over," I started thinking about why I was drawn to it. And I wasn't the only one intrigued. Every person I watched driving by would slow down and crane their necks out to see what was going on. It was like HGTV "live." But I don't think it's a coincidence that the popularity of the home-makeover craze is at an all-time high during this chaotic period of national politics, and the frantic pace of our cellphone-driven lives. I feel it myself. Every trip to Lowes or IKEA is a chance to "improve" my life when other areas might seem out of my control. But I think we're all feeling that kind of anxiety. It's like a collective consciousness. To watch HGTV, and see them take a home that is in complete disarray, and create order and beauty out of it ... no wonder we're all completely sucked in. On a larger level, I think it might be a reflection of a common urge to get America's house in order."
– Julie Blackmon
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All prices listed were current at the time this post was published.  Prices will increase as the print editions sell.

photo-eye Gallery's 2019 Group Show is on view through Saturday, April 20th 2019.

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