Taking a cue from John Water's hitchhiking journey from Baltimore to San Francisco, the exhibition explores the off-putting, humorously mundane, and potentially creepy sides to hitting the road.
Summer in America means road trips, evoking notions of freedom and adventure, of spectacular landscapes and expansive skies. The work in “Summer Road Trip” at Rena Bransten Projects doesn’t show that kind of road trip. Taking a cue from John Water’s hitchhiking journey from Baltimore to San Francisco, chronicled in his recent book Carsick, our summer group exhibition explores the off-putting, humorously mundane, and potentially creepy sides to hitting the road.
Instead of feeling the freedom of an open road, Doug Hall’s lens points to the very construction of the open road experience and its mind-numbing monotony while Tracey Snelling’s sculptural amalgamation of strip malls reminds us of the claustrophobic mundanity of road-side rest stops. Henry Wessel, Tracey Moffatt, and Len Jenshel train their eyes on those ordinary moments at intersections, lengths of road, and motels that become strange - if not outright eerie - when framed so exactingly. Eirik Johnson’s almost anthropological study of mushroom farmers in Oregon provides a glimpse into the non-mainstream communities peppered across the country and Martin Mull’s painting of farm pastiche brings a wry perspective to the endless fields of the Midwest.
On the project space’s back wall, Marci Washington brings the dark interiors of her gothic-inspired paintings to life with hand-made black poppy wallpaper.
We will host a book-signing with the artist to celebrate the release of The Art of Marci Washington: Selected Works 2005-2013 on Saturday, July 19th from 1pm-3pm.
Image: Doug Hall, HWY 178, Death Valley, CA #1, 1998, R-print, ed. of 6, 50 x 73 inches
For further information, please contact Jessica Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415.982.3292
Rena Bransten Projects
1639 Market Street - San Francisco, CA 94103
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