Richard McCabe: LAND STAR
December 9-16, 2017
Opening: Saturday Dec 9, 6-10 pm
Instant photographs by Richard McCabe from his LAND STAR series made from 2014-17.
For the past three years, I have photographed exclusively with a 1960s era Polaroid land camera. I am interested in photographing temporary, obsolete, abandoned, and derelict sites. This series of color Fuji ‚Äì FP100C instant prints are part of an ongoing photography series titled ‚Äì LAND STAR. I see the buildings and signs in the LAND STAR series as ‚Äúready-made‚Äù artifacts of American vernacular folk art. I am interested in mixing image and text, color and scale, light and form.
This work reflects my interest in how the car and road has shaped the American dream and mythology. I am also interested in using the camera as a tool for preservation ‚Äì documenting objects and things before they disappear. All of the photographs in the LAND STAR series were made in the American South. These instant photographs represent a perfect world of saturated color that exists within a parallel universe, far from the complicated, hyper-digitized, and gentrified world of today. – Richard McCabe
Independent publishers AINT-BAD will publish a monograph of LAND STAR in the fall of 2017.