Down Time at 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.
“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.
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.
All images courtesy of © Fahey/Klein Gallery
Article by © Karolina Sotomayor