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Touchstone

No Vacancy

23 Jun – 8 Oct 2017

 No Vacancy, Lucas Blalock, 2012

No Vacancy, Lucas Blalock, 2012

No Vacancy, Lucas Blalock, 2012

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Touchstone is a changing display inviting you to look more closely at a single photograph. It links with one of the Gallery’s wider educational aims: to inspire people to cultivate their visual literacy skills through slow looking.

Visitors are invited to record their own response to the work using pencils and cards provided in the space. Responses to this photograph and to previous displayed works can also be found here.

About the current featured work:

No Vacancy, 2012, Lucas Blalock, Private Collection

Lucas Blalock is known to use a photographic process that shares much with drawing: creating and erasing layers of visual information to build playful and intriguing compositions. His approach encompasses abstract and figurative imagery, and digital and analogue techniques. Blalock’s work creates connections with many strands of visual culture, from modern art and advertising, to personal snaps of everyday surroundings.

A statement from the artist about this image reads:

No Vacancy is a photograph I made in California in 2012. There is no ‘evident’ computer work in the picture but I like the feeling that there might be. The phrase ‘No Vacancy’ seems to be referring as much to the image as to the motel. In this way it refutes a lot of my other work where I am interested in intervening in the space of the picture – making Photoshop act within this space, or on the objects pictured, instead of on the image.

Lucas Blalock (b. 1978, Asheville, NC, USA) lives and works in New York.


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