This new installation of photographs continues my engagement in the visualization of the nature of the “natural” and constructed environments, their mappings of oblique histories and their inferences: crossovers—overlapping, separating, and collapsing into one another. The representation of the public and private, claimed and unsigned spaces, forms of the commons, the tableaux of enterprises acting as socio/ideological stage fronts, domestic settings, and the spaces defined by subjectivity in-between and woven throughout are found here. Nature is looked upon as it is distinct and metaphorical of human culture, not to anthropomorphize but to do the reverse. It is from an analytical position arrived at through a subjective response to place; the specific locations, and a certain dislocation from these sites, placid and active places in flux, permuting, persisting, resisting, or collapsing under pressures of consumption/consumerism, regulated and unregulated development, and crisis and contestation. Surviving nature, surviving ourselves. The end world view of ours shimmers over the malleable beauty found; life floats in the balance.
These photographs are from an ongoing body of work, untitled: photographs, that attempts to critically engage in the representation of public and private space. location/dis-location(s) approaches coming to terms with what it means to be making photographs here (and elsewhere) and the exploration of the possibilities of visualizing the nature of “natural,” urban, semi-urban, and suburban environment (and the totality of the constructs signified in those terms).
A corresponding exhibition of earlier works in this continuum, location/dis-location(s): reprise, preceded this installation at CSA Space in September and October of this year.