Julie Blackmon: The Power of Now and Other Tales from Home

  March 9 - April 22

Houston Center for Photography is proud to announce an exhibition of work, The Power of Now and Other Tales from home, by photographer Julie Blackmon. The exhibition will be on view in HCP's Main Gallery from March 9 - April 22, 2012 with an artist talk at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, preceding the opening reception.

Julie Blackmon’s images from The Power of Now and Other Tales from Home narrate and amplify the tales of a contemporary household. The photographs are part fiction, part fact. Like a highly edited reality television show, they consist of rehearsed moments stitched together to create compressed and exaggerated scenes. Blackmon’s photographs shatter the idea of domestic perfection, an ideal that is sold through lifestyle magazines, consumer products, the media, and the retail world. Pop culture edits works toward perfection, while Blackmon’s edits showcase real flaws such as boredom, self-absorption, and obsession. Each of Blackmon’s photographs is a commentary on the conflicted imperatives of contemporary culture. They are tales from home, spun from art history, popular fiction, and personal experience.

About the artist

Julie Blackmon was born in Springfield, Missouri, where she continues to live and work. She studied art education and photography at Southwest Missouri State University. In 2008 she was named American Photo's Emerging Photographer of 2008, was the Critical Mass Book Award Winner of 2006 for Domestic Vacations, and was awarded 1st Place for Domestic Vacations in the Sante Fe Center for Photography Project Competitions, juried by Anne Wilkes Tucker, Yossi Milo, and Miriam Romais. Blackmon's work can be found in the permanent collections of The George Eastman House, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Elton John Collection, and The Portland Museum of Art, amongst others. Blackmon's work is represented by Robert Mann Gallery, New York.

Special thanks to our friends who have helped support this exhibition: The Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation and Joan Morgenstern.

March 9 - April 22, 2012
Opening Reception Thursday, March 15
Artist Talks begin at 5:30pm