Thursday, October 27 | Submitted by Stephanie Cramer | Downtown Central
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Regional Arts Council (SRAC) proudly presents the first artist in its new “The Art of Process Series”, Julie Blackmon. Blackmon’s exhibit will be held at The Creamery Arts Center beginning on First Friday Art Walk, Friday, November 4th 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. through November 28th. There will be a preview artist talk the evening prior on Thursday, November 3 at 6 p.m. also at The Creamery Arts Center.
Julie Blackmon’s photography is inspired by the Dutch proverb, “a Jan Steen household” originated in the 17th century. This proverb is referring to a home of chaotic children and rambunctious family gatherings. Blackmon explores the everyday life of children growing up in large families and captures the reality and fantasy in their lives. Blackmon describes her work as, “The struggle between living in the moment versus escaping to another reality is intense since these two opposites strive to dominate. Caught in the swirl of soccer practices, play dates, work, and trying to find our way in our “make-over” culture, we must still create the space to find ourselves. The expectations of family life have never been more at odds with each other. These issues, as well as the relationship between the domestic landscape of the past and present, are issues I have explored in these photographs. ” Being the oldest of nine children and the mother of three, Blackmon uses her life as a mother in her work as an artist.
Each photograph that Blackmon takes is a series of shots filled with edits and retakes. Blackmon then digitally complies into one single photograph. This creates levels and dimensions into the work that the viewer cannot resist.
Julie Blackmon has received numerous awards for her photography. In 2006, Blackmon received first prize from The Santa Fe Center for Photography in the Project Competition. Blackmon was also named one of PDN’s “30 New and Emerging Photographers” in 2007 and American Photo’s “Emerging Photographer of 2008.” Blackmon’s work has also appeared in several museums and public collections including George Eastman House, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, and Portland Art Museum.
The SRAC’s “The Art of Process Series” focuses on the creation of art through the artist’s eyes and is underwritten in part by Dr. Carl Price at The Center for Plastic Surgery, the Missouri Arts Council- a state agency and an anonymous donor. For more information, please visit SRAC online at SpringfieldArts.org or call 417-862-2787.
The SRAC, incorporated in 1978, connects people and the arts. It supports some of the most prominent visual, performing, literary and film/media arts organizations and artists within 27 counties, the largest outreach of any in the state of Missouri. The current mission of the SRAC is to transform lives and enrich our Community through the Arts. The SRAC also manages The Creamery Arts Center, which houses the offices of the SRAC, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Ballet, Springfield Regional Opera, Springfield Community Center and Care to Learn, as well as a board room, classrooms, arts library, exhibition hall, film editing bays, shared costume and set design shops managed by the Springfield Little Theatre and instrument storage.