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Larry Blackwood – Synthesizing Icons
June 3, 2020 - August 29, 2020
The MonDak Heritage Center and MAGDA (Montana Art and Gallery Directors Association) are pleased to present Synthesizing Icons: Composite Photographs by Larry Blackwood. Please join us to view the innovative amalgamations by Larry Blackwood on display through August 29th.
Blackwood, while practicing photography for 40 years, is mostly a self-taught artist. By transposing photographs, patterns, and imagery popular in the Western art scene, Blackwood is able to push the traditional boundaries of his medium and subject matter. Blackwood’s new approach to animals of the Yellowstone/Glacier geography, such as crows, ravens, buffalo, and magpies, are fused with literary, cultural, and mythical icons to create a universe that, while calm and placid, can be simultaneously dystopian.
Synthesizing Icons will include 18 composite photographs by Blackwood. In this case, composite photographs are works of art where the artist takes original photographs and passes them through a computer program such as Photoshop. Within the program, by blending photographs, repeating images and other techniques, the artist fuses technical photographic prowess with computerized experimentation. In this case, Blackwood creates Surrealist tableaux that are ethereal, combined with a mysterious and leering narrative. Many of the works seem to capture a scene in the middle of the tale, portending an aberrant and unexpected conclusion.