Lee Leah Blalock
Instructor, Contemporary Practices, Art and Technology Studies, Sound (2011). BS, 1994, Spelman College, Atlanta; AA, 1999, Bauder College, Atlanta; MFA, 2011, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Exhibitions and Performances: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Neue (Solo Exhibition), Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; the Art Gallery of Mississagua; Leitmotif, Nuit Blanche, Toronto; IMPACT Performance Festival, Chicago; Chicago Public Access Television; ExTV; Kepco and Gallery Dot, Ulsan, South Korea; Le Flash!, Nuit Blanche, Atlanta; Baldwin Burroughs Theatre, Atlanta; Mint Gallery, Atlanta; Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta; Alliance Theater, Atlanta; StudioPlex, Atlanta. Radio: Free Radio SAIC, freeradiosaic.org; Vocalo 89.5fm, Chicago/NW Indiana; Numbers.fm
Experience at SAIC
I received my MFA from SAIC and was truly inspired by my talented colleagues, generous faculty, and graduate advisors. Teaching here has given me the opportunity to extend my own experiences while sharing processes that come directly from my studio practice.
I am an interdisciplinary artist working with ideas of systems, order, rules and restrictions. The daughter of a former computer operator, I've moved fluidly from an undergraduate STEM education to a career in design and production, eventually finding that all of my conceptual and technical interests converge in the fine arts. I primarily make work using video, digital photography/manipulation, sound, programming, electronics and drawing. Most of my artwork employs post-production and editing techniques that work to choreograph images into moving abstractions. Many ideas behind my work describe the "amplified" human, destroying the existing framework of identity and replacing it with the re-engineered body. This new body (or "NeueBody") is often represented as an abstraction of sound or fractured image. Live performances often repurpose the body as a controller of multiple media sources via physical computing and sculptural appendages. In all cases, the work represents the physical and/or behavioral body and is often binary, mechanical, generative and repetitive. My research is specific to topics such as posthumanism, futurism, computation and chaos. I write and performs under some variation of the alphanumeric moniker of L^2. Selected projects can be seen at leeblalock.com.
My influenced haven't changed since I was a kid. I'm all about science fiction books and movies, post-production processes, music, irritating noises, cybernetics, prosthetics, medical imagery and devices, digital bodies, dance and various kinds of body modification.
Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.