Lee Leah Blalock
Instructor, Contemporary Practices (2011). BS, 1994, Spelman College, Atlanta; AA, 1999, Bauder College, Atlanta; MFA, 2011, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Exhibitions: 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.
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 self-similarity, systems, process, order and post-humanism. In my object and image based work, this idea is translated as replication. In my sound practice, it is expressed through the use of the loop and the chorus processed in my own audio applications. Performance work is often generative, relying on repetitive behavior and usual movement. Drawing from training in both martial arts and dance, my movement practice seeks to break convention and find new vocabulary for the 'future' body. My artwork describes the 'amplified' human, destroying the existing framework of identity and replacing it with the re-engineered body. In all cases, the work is often binary, mechanical, defensive and sometimes violent. I recently had a solo exhibition at Hyde Park Art Center called "Neue" (2013) where all of these concepts were explored through traditional and new media. My studio is near the West Town neighborhood in Chicago. Selected projects can be seen at http://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, 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.