THESE THINGS HAPPEN: NEW AMERICAN LANDSCAPES
This body of work consists of images I collected between the months of June and August 2012 while travelling across the contiguous United States by car.
The initial imperative of this project was to travel to personal destinations while casting a dragnet on everything that I saw. These photographs were made in transit, at highway speeds or while walking. Rarely composed and minimally processed, these images are very nearly objective encounters with what’s transpired. This method of shooting was a kind of acknowledgement of the absurdity of attempting to image an entire country, a way of limiting or neutralizing my automatic impulses to frame and compose (thereby sharing some authorship with the camera itself), and finally it was a way to embrace an element of chance.
I am particularly inspired by the work of John Cage, Deleuze and Guattari, Jorge Luis Borges, Foucault and Derrida and the continental theorists, Marx, and Trinh T. Minh-Ha. I am further influenced by Susan Sontag, Judy Butler, Patricia Vettel-Becker, These artists, writers, and thinkers deal with recognition, contentious hierarchies, positivizing the negative, intervals, possibilities, and the infinite.
© 2013 Clarke Latta Henry III
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Henry, Clarke Latta, "THESE THINGS HAPPEN: NEW AMERICAN LANDSCAPES" (2013). CGU MFA Theses Exhibits. Image 1044.
Art, MFA Thesis Show, photography, americana, nonviolence, gaze, masculinity, rhizome, borges, interval, feminism, power, organizational structures