The space in a photograph is neither haptic nor unmediated; it can’t be penetrated, nor touched, nor really known. We ask a lot of these virtual spaces: to embody, to be non-bodies, to be surrogates for someone else’s gaze. Our trust in this picture space is uneasy, and here that uneasiness is both confirmed and / or disrupted as the hand that guides its making is revealed. Like a narcotic trip, blissful moments of hallucination are always in concert with the most pedestrian of realities. Such are Lucas Blalock’s photographic concerns for his first solo exhibition at Rodolphe Janssen, A Farmer’s Knowledge. The farmer’s knowledge is experiential, communal, and carnal; difficult territory for the photograph’s frigid mediations, but Blalock dives into this incommensurability and makes a group of works that address the viewer’s sense of tactility. The farmer’s labor, like the photogr

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