Blake Fall-Conroy: Artist Talk

An empty dark room with an American flag depicted with lighted red, white, and blue light bulbs.

Installation view of Police Flag (2009), rotating beacons, extension cords, strip outlets, Tupperware, shelving. photo / Blake Fall-Conroy

Blake Fall-Conroy is an artist and self-taught mechanical engineer. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he moved to Ithaca, New York, in 2002 where he later received a B.F.A. in sculpture from Cornell University. As an engineer, Fall-Conroy works for International Climbing Machines, where he designs and fabricates remote-controlled industrial robots that climb and inspect vertical surfaces. As an artist, his art making practice is conceptually motivated, commenting on a wide range of social issues from consumerism and the American spectacle, to surveillance and the ubiquitous use of technology. His projects often incorporate mechanical, electronic, or programmed components as well as objects or motifs found within the routine of daily life.

Fall-Conroy has exhibited work at the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology in Liverpool, England; Pavel Zoubok in New York City; the Science Gallery in Dublin; Baltan Laboratories in Eindhoven, Netherlands; the Museum of Capitalism in Oakland, California; the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California; the World Economic Forum, Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco; and Space Pittsburgh, among others, with an ongoing interactive installation in the Ithaca City Hall. He has previously spoken on the intersection of art and technology through TEDx Cortland and at the National Academy of Sciences.

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