For her third monograph, Midwest Materials, Julie Blackmon has created a new body of work that sparkles with the wit, dark humor, and irony for which the artist has gained such renown. Finding insight and inspiration in the seeming monotony of her "generic American hometown," Blackmon constructs a captivating, fictitious world that is both playful and menacing. I think of myself as a visual artist working in the medium of photography," Blackmon notes, "and my assignment is to chart the fever dreams of American life. Midwest Materials follows on the sold out titles Domestic Vacations (Radius Books, 2008) and Homegrown (Radius Books, 2014).
Julie Blackmon (b. 1966) pursued studies in art education and photography at Missouri State University. She has received numerous awards from industry leaders such as the Santa Fe Center of Photography, Society of Contemporary Photography, B&W Magazine, PhotoSpiva, Critical Mass, PDN, and American Photo. Her photographs are included in the permanent collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Toledo Museum of Art; Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; and numerous others. She is represented by Robert Mann Gallery, Haw Contemporary, and Fahey Klein, among others. She lives and works in Springfield, Missouri.