Rust Sun Bible Corn embraces the tradition of the American road story as it explores the propensity to construct and describe a relationship to our landscape. We moved west and claimed disparate plots of land, but the ways in which we build them up, decorate and delineate, and maintain or neglect them reveal a common visual language.

 

The small structures and modest flourishes in these images seem to call out for more information, for a moment of attention from the passing traveler. In an exhibition setting, miniature historical markers are mounted below each print, quoting a structural staple of the western landscape while also recalling comments written below Polaroid snapshots and Instagram posts. The text is culled from each location’s Wikipedia page, conflating the immateriality and democratizing nature of online content with the implicit relevance conferred by a permanent, crafted object.

 

This work asks the viewer to consider how we communicate about our place in the world – in the humble acts depicted in the images, in the process of photographing and sharing, and in the intangible yet permanent marks made on our virtual landscape. It highlights photography’s ongoing task – to bring the distant closer, to describe the foreign to make it familiar – while reacting to its current status as a mode of immediate communication:

“I’m here, look at this, it’s important.”

 

 

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