Yossi Milo Gallery is pleased to announce our representation of American photographer Doug Rickard. The gallery will present the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York in Spring 2012.
Doug Rickard's series of color photographs, A New American Picture, explores the dissolution of the American Dream. Using the internet tool, Google Street View, Rickard explores the expanse of the United States, virtually searching for street scenes that reflect the economic devastation and social disenfranchisement of America’s abandoned, “invisible” communities. Rickard begins by immersing himself into the 360 degree virtual space of Google Street View. He "drives" through America’s neglected neighborhoods, examining images previously photographed by the automated eye of Google's roof-mounted cameras. Adjusting the views from side to side or up and down, the artist selects scenes of startling and poignant beauty. He then re-photographs the images in his studio as they appear on the computer screen, extracting them from their technological anchor and moving them into a new documentary space.
The images Rickard favors have an impressionistic, painterly feel and are largely populated by lone figures whose faces are blurred by Google in their efforts to mask identity. The subjects in the photographs become archetypes or symbols, dissolving into the surroundings and imbuing the pictures with surreal beauty and visual tension. Rickard follows in the tradition of street photographers with a focus on the American experience, such as Walker Evans, Robert Frank and Paul Graham. He also expands the tradition by embracing new possibilities and new models of image-making in an increasingly hi-tech world.
A New American Picture will be featured as part of the New Photography 2011 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, opening in September 2011. The photographs were first presented in 2010 at Le Bal in Paris, as part of an exhibition titled Anonymes, curated by David Campany and Diane Dufour, which also included work by Walker Evans, Lewis Baltz, Sharon Lockhart and Jeff Wall, among others. An installation of A New American Picture is included in the exhibitions From Here On, curated by Clément Chéroux, Joan Fontcuberta, Erik Kessels, Martin Parr and Joachim Schmid for the 2011 edition of Les Rencontres d’Arles, and as part of the exhibition HERE., currently on view at Pier 24 in San Francisco.
A limited edition monograph of A New American Picture, was published by White Press/Schaden last year, and was named a best book of 2010 by Photo-Eye Magazine. The monograph was also selected as a best book of 2010 at the Kassels Photobook Festival in 2011. A trade edition of the publication is planned for release in 2012.
Doug Rickard is the founder of the American Suburb X and These Americans websites. He was born in San Jose, California in 1968, received his BA in US History and Sociology at UC San Diego, and currently lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.