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The pure products of America go crazy

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The pure products of America go crazy, book cover, 2015


Lucas Blalock, Owen Kydd, and John Lehr in coversation with Joshua Chuang

Clinton Hill / Fort Green

Pratt Institute | 61 St. James

Lucas Blalock, Owen Kydd, and Assistant Professor John Lehr in coversation with Joshua Chuang, Chief Curator of the Center for Creative Photography. Co-sponsored by the Pratt Photo League. Doors open at 5:30 PM for the Pratt community. Doors open to the public at 5:45 PM. Opening reception for The pure products of America go crazy to follow at 8 PM in the Pratt Photography Gallery, Lower Level, ARC Building.

Lucas Blalock was born in Asheville, North Carolina in 1978. Like many studio-based photographers today, he records his pictures on film with a view camera and processes them in Photoshop. Instead of being a routine stage of predetermined refinement however, digital post-production for Blalock is an arena for overt acts of whimsy and destabilization. Blalock is currently featured in New Photography at the MoMA. He is represented by Ramiken Crucible.

Owen Kydd was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1975. Kydd has referred to his pictures as “durational photographs.” Made with the digital camera’s video function and displayed on high-definition LED monitors typically used for commercial signage, Kydd’s perpetually-looping photographic videos untether photography’s association with discrete time while taking advantage of the medium’s ability to describe the world with compelling precision. Kydd is represented by the Nicelle Beauchene Gallery and has been nominated for the 2015 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize.

John Lehr was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1975. Lehr examines urban surfaces and facades with tripod-mounted cameras. The wealth of detail available to him in the digital files he creates is then dissected, subtly amplified, or toned down in the computer to create seamless pictures that oscillate between reality and hallucination. He often prints his work at exactly the same size as the original subject, resulting in photographic objects that present a hyper-realized proposition of reality even as they refer back to an actual space and time. Lehr is represented by the Kate Werble Gallery. He is an assistant professor of photography at Pratt Institute.

Joshua Chuang is the chief curator at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona. Previously he served as the Richard Benson Associate Curator of Photography and Digital Media at the Yale University Art Gallery, where he organized the exhibitions Robert Adams: The Place We Live, First Doubt: Optical Confusion in Modern Photography, and Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century. He has also co-edited and produced more than a dozen artist monographs, including those by Robert Adams, Lee Friedlander, Judith Joy Ross, and Mark Ruwedel.