Alix Johnson provocates on the ubiquitous processes of re-building and reclamation of modern infrastructure, and the various enfolding tensions that arise between neoliberal profiteering and psychico-social agency of residents in the late industrial period. His focus here is on the leftovers of...Read more
Ann Laura Stolers framing of a latter day understanding of ruins and ruination. Here, she engages the ambivalence of the term throught the works of Fanon and Benjamin, unfurling the terms active and passive, its materials and psychic effects.
"Ruination is an act perpetrated, a...Read more
This image was taken at an abandoned munitions bunker in Tustin, California. It was created and included to embody the ways in which vulnerability breeds chaos from sites of rigid structural order. The site in the photo is emblematic of the kinds of places engaged by urban explorers. I made the photo in the spirit of the typical stylized photos circulated on urbex web milieus.
This photo was taken at an abandoned dairy farm in Chino, CA. I used the window of the farmhouse as a foreground frame encasing light saturated hay bales from a still operating farm across the street. Here, I am intimating the viscerality of absence and the entanglements between labor, intimacy, and identity.
I cannot shake the thought that this might function as part of a larger collage. In looking, I am immediately drawn to the violence of the Marine chopping the wood which has morphed in situ to a...Read more