I really love this Forgotten Iowa photography project by photographer Cody Weber.
First of all half of my family live in Iowa, many whom I have never met. I am interested in seeing this place that continues to be a mystery to me. I have also documented many of the small towns of my home state, Massachusetts, as well as those in New York, over the past 20 years.
The scenes look similar in NY state, Massachusetts, and Iowa; crumbling structures, abandoned properties, blue skies, empty streets, bored kids. A real feeling of loneliness exists in these places.
People have gone. The younger generations continue to leave these small towns for the city to make a more exciting and prosperous (?) life for themselves.
Having lived in New York City for over ten years now the feeling that maybe it is time to go back to a smaller town has been popping up in my mind much more frequently lately.
The cities have become too expensive for us to live in, why not take over one of these abandoned spaces and start anew?
All images © Cody Weber.
I like these kids!
Images courtesy ©Luhring Augustine Chelsea.
Images courtesy ©Gladstone Gallery.
Matters of Pattern with Louise Bourgeois, Tom Burr, Daniel Buren, Ryan Gander, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Dianna Molzan, Albert Oehlen, Sterling Ruby, David Salle, Cindy Sherman, Lucien Smith, Rosemarie Trockel, and Christopher Wool.
At Skarstedt Chelsea, January 17 – February 21, 2015. More information here.
Cindy Sherman & Albert Oehlen
Images courtesy ©Skarstedt Chelsea.
I just learned about a death in the family as I started my Chelsea art tour on Wednesday. And then I saw this video, “Cowfish”, 2011, by João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva, which was part of the Beautiful Monsters show at Gladstone Gallery. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this sad, big eyed, dying fish all week. I hope he escaped his fate but, as happens to all of us, I am pretty sure he did not.
João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva, “Cowfish”, 2011
The best shows I came across yesterday in Chelsea:
Spain & 42 St. at Foxy Production with work by Darja Bajagić, Jimmy Desana, Peter Hujar, Robert Mapplethorpe, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Heji Shin, Laurie Simmons, & Deborah Turbeville. Up until January 31st. More information here.
Mamma Andersson, Behind the Curtain, at David Zwirner Gallery. Up until February 14th. More information here.
Shaun O’Dell at Susan Inglett Gallery. Until January 31st. More information here.
The Thing and the Thing-In-Itself with Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Kosuth, René Magritte, Piero Manzoni, Yoko Ono, Ad Reinhardt, & Robert Smithson at Andrea Rosen Gallery. Up until January 24th. More information here.
Paul Thek, Ponza and Roma, at Alexander and Bonin. Up until February 21st. More information here.
Thomas Houseago, Moun Room, at Hauser & Wirth. Up until January 17th. More information here.
All images courtesy artist’s gallery.
Went to Chelsea two times last week to take in as many fall shows as my brain could handle. After a pretty bleak Chelsea summer (with many galleries just closing their doors completely for most of it) I was rather pleased with the work on offer this fall.
I think my favorite exhibition was Laurent Grasso‘s Soleil Double installation at Sean Kelly Gallery. The video pieces were particularly mesmerizing (especially the video on the lower level of the fantastically lit Roman plaza). Sean Kelly Gallery consistently shows great work, it has become one of my favorite galleries over the past couple of years. The LG show runs through October 18, 2014 (next weekend!) More information here.
Photography: Jason Wyche © Laurent Grasso Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York
Home of Musya Vainshteyn, Nemirov, Ukraine, October 16, 2013
Home of Lyubov Brenman, Borispol, Ukraine, July 19, 2012
Room 509, Dnipro Hotel, Kiev, Ukraine, July 18, 2012
Elka Seltzer’s Front Door, Ovruch, Ukraine, July 31, 2012
Jerusalem, Israel, January 1, 2010
Mar Saba Monastery, Judean Desert, Israel, September 20, 2009
Sefad, Israel, June 14, 2010
There were some really great photo shows this October, Justine Kurland‘s Sincere Auto Care at Mitchell Innes & Nash was another highlight. Show unfortunately ended on October 11th. More information here.
280 Coup, 2012
For Abigail, 2014
Somewhere in New Hampshire
St. Albans, Vermont
Abandoned Strip Club, On the Road to Montreal, Canada
Signs That Say Nothing, On the Road to Montreal, Canada
Pool, Montreal, Canada
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