THIS IS THE PLACE - August 2019
Minimalist art must have been conceived while traveling through farmland. Mile marker after mile marker of elemental forms in rippled metal, wind ravaged and sun soaked wood; patterns throughout a linear landscape. In THIS IS THE PLACE, photographs work to transmute fading farmland structures into celebrated geometric forms of nuanced color & texture as they interact with with a unique atmospheric quality of land and sky.
Each image in THIS IS THE PLACE has been photographed with a deadpan aesthetic and set inside a Polaroid inspired border, allowing the essence of the Polaroid to imbue the photographs with emotion. Polaroids speak to nostalgia and travelogue; their essence is both fleeting and disposable, much like iconic farms on open land today. By using the state of the art quality of a medium format digital camera, I can blend opposing photographic processes: digital and Polaroid in a way that mirrors the disparate experience of form and structure against meaning and emotion.
Metaphors for life, farms are a symbol of sustainability. They are the relics of generational commitment as we increasingly choose shelter over food, replacing sprawling farms with condensed housing. THIS IS THE PLACE documents the vanishing of a landscape that once defined the fabric of our rural collective. My hope is that through these forms and shapes, shadows and light, the abstracted images defamiliarize this once common national backdrop, compelling a reconsideration of what is lost when we no longer have such visual corridors, these wide-open spaces, and historic connectivity. Exhibition Aug 27-Oct 4, 2019
NO VACANCY - Exhibiting August 1, 2017 at Gilman Contemporary
Small towns consume me like a favorite novel. I read slowly, exploring every word. The simple architecture, local industry, aging hotels, all but vacant motels, rain soaked cows, fenced-in dogs, sparsely visited gas stations, single dirt roads, weathered hands… all construct a narrative that ignite me with a multitude of questions. NO VACANCY reflects the conjured narratives that begin to form within us as we pass through unfamiliar places.
My relentless obsession of both photography and minimalism led me to layer a block of color on top of the image, essentially hiding a piece of it. I became deeply curious about the relationship between photography and minimalism; how we see and how we experience both an image and an art form. I found that combining the two adds a sense of movement and in turn, alludes to cinema and its heightened narrative. The color blocks, each playing a unique role amongst its black and white counterpart, inject character & complexity to the work asking the viewer to experience the image differently while ultimately commenting on photography as an art form.
NO VACANCY consists of black & white, color block photographs. The archival pigment prints are available in three sizes; approximately 20x30, 30x45 and 47x70 inches.
Sun Valley Property News, Then The Wind Blew North, August 2015, link