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Issue No. 18 - Humanity

Down Time at Fahey/Klein Gallery

Down Time at Fahey/Klein Gallery

Fire (2012) Image courtesy of © Fahey/Klein Gallery 

Fire (2012) Image courtesy of © Fahey/Klein Gallery 

What if children ruled the world? This was the question that came to my mind as I browsed through the images that will be part of the exhibition “Down Time” by Julie Blackmon at the Fahey Klein Gallery opening on July 14th. The series amalgamates scenes of children in dangerous situations –by dangerous I mean sitting beside a pool unattended or holding a tree branch on fire. Blackmon’s images embody society’s fear of letting childhood be exactly what it is, chaotic. 

Pool (2015) Image courtesy of © Fahey/Klein Gallery

Pool (2015) Image courtesy of © Fahey/Klein Gallery

“Down Time” is a reference to the moments in between, when we let go of our obsession with controlling everything around us. Blackmon has obliterated the role of the adult as the supervisor and has transformed parents into mere spectators of the unruly nature of their children. Adult presence is limited to fragmented and passive adult attitudes, leaving an enormous question mark on parental roles in modern day society. These questions are left unanswered by the photographer to make us think of whether or not the pressure we stress upon the concept of parenthood is judgmental and overly regulatory. 

American Gothic (2008) Image courtesy of © Fahey/Klein Gallery 

American Gothic (2008) Image courtesy of © Fahey/Klein Gallery 

Julie Blackmon’s photographic works revolve around scenes of everyday domestic life in America with a pinch of dark humor. “Down Time” will welcome you into an unsupervised world where rules for both children and adults do not apply. 

To learn more about Julie Blackmon’s work visit http://www.julieblackmon.com/index.cfm and don’t miss out on her exhibition at the Fahey Klein Gallery

All images courtesy of © Fahey/Klein Gallery 

Article by © Karolina Sotomayor

 

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