Following the sold-out success of Domestic Vacations (Radius Books, 2009), Homegrown (co-published with Robert Mann Gallery) captures Blackmon’s ever-evolving talent for portraying the tension between the harmony and disarray of domestic life. As Seattle Times arts writer Michael Upchurch said of her work, “Visual jokes and puns are plentiful. But so are family mysteries, childhood psychodramas and painterly richness.”
The influence of the 17th-century Dutch painter Jan Steen can be seen in photographer Julie Blackmon’s kindred sense of humor and colorful attention to the absurd at home. Though playful and entertaining, her depictions provide an analogous observation on the struggle between living in the moment versus escaping to another reality, two opposites that strive to dominate.
Included in this new volume are 40 works made from 2009-2014, an interview of the artist by Academy Award winning actress Reese Witherspoon, as well as an insightful introduction by the renowned poet Billy Collins.
Julie Blackmon is an award-winning photographer who has amassed several honors since beginning her career just a few years ago. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Kemper Museum of Art in Kansas City, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Portland Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, among others. Her work has been in such publications as New York, TIME, VOGUE Italia, New York Times and The New Yorker.