I’M Not Tellin’ By Amy Blakemore

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Art League Houston says
Art League Houston (ALH) is excited to present the 2015 Texas Artist of the Year exhibition: I’m Not Tellin’ by Amy Blakemore. The exhibition features a survey of new and existing work that span over a twenty five year period of the artist's prolific and exceptional career. Ranging from the spontaneous to the vulnerable to the ominous, the works in this exhibition feature a selection of portraits, landscapes and still lifes that reveal a visual diary of the artist’s travels to Mexico, and Europe as well as Houston during 1989-2015. The exhibition pulls from several bodies of work that were taken using the artist’s characteristic Diana and Robot Royal cameras, and range from the artist’s earlier black-and-white series to her more recent color photography. In addition, the exhibition will feature a small selection of the artist’s hand-made ceramics, and in the ALH Hallway Space, a unique installation made up of 1950’s Jean & Sandy head vases that the artist has been collecting for over the past twenty years. An exhibition catalog will be available featuring an essay by Josh Bernstein.

Renowned for her deceptively simple photographs of friends, family, and local landscapes, Amy Blakemore creates intimate and emotional narratives from everyday situations and mundane gestures. Often capturing candid moments of complete strangers, the Tulsa-born artist has the unique power of taking the unfamiliar and making it completely personal. Blakemore’s photographs are all hand-developed and printed from color film in the artist’s wet darkroom. Since the early 1980s, she has focused on working with Diana cameras, inexpensive plastic box cameras that first appeared in the 1960s as prizes at raffles, carnivals or even in cereal boxes.

In 2011, Blakemore also started working with a 1953 Robot Royal camera, a very well made and rugged German camera, which takes square photographs on normal 35mm film. This camera was introduced in Germany in the 1930’s, and was often used during wartime for military research and record work.

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Amy Blakemore lives and works in Houston. She received a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Art from Drury College, Springfield, MO, and an M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. From 1985–87 she was an artist resident at the Core Residency Program, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Blakemore has exhibited her photographs throughout Texas and internationally for the last thirty years, including participating in the 2006 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, and solo presentations at Inman Gallery (2014, 2012) and James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA (2010). A twenty-year retrospective of the artist’s work, Amy Blakemore: Photographs 1988–2008 was presented at the MFAH (2009), and traveled to the Seattle Art Museum (2010) and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (2011). Amy is Chair of the Photography Department at the Glassell School of Art and is represented by Inman Gallery, in Houston.
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