Exhibition - Processed Views
Martine Chaisson Gallery
72 Camp Street
New Orleans, Louisiana
December 5, 2015 – January 30, 2016
Gallery Talk December 11th 4:30pm
Artists' Walk Through as part of PHOTONOLA programming
introducing 44" Fruit Loops Landscape and Enhanced Varieties,
Jello-toned silver prints and Sugar Geology sculpture
We exhibited this new series at Martine Chaisson Gallery.
reproducing Carleton Watkins’ 1889 photograph,
Lake George Cling Peaches.
Land barons began advertising in the 1880s, encouraging easterners to invest
and settle in southern California. Carleton Watkins, renowned for capturing
the sublime in nature, was hired to depict the irresistible economic opportunities
of the region. Despite a desert climate heavily dependent on irrigation, southern
California was marketed as a land of inexhaustible agricultural potential.
Watkins’ photograph of a crate of peaches illustrates lushness beyond measure
while overlooking the true costs of cultivation where water is scarce.
We all know the success of this characteristically American marketing scheme.
Farmers flocked to this region and with the help of agricultural technology,
grew a new reality – America’s fruit basket. Today we have come to expect
limitless plenty and limitless choices. We offer you this selection of Peaches
as an icon of technology improving nature, engineered and marketed to keep
us expecting more.
Notebook - Ponder Food is an archive and virtual artists’ journal which accompanies the photographic projects Ponder Food As Love and Processed Views. As part of their photographic collaboration, Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman use this space for their research notes, inspiration and correspondence as they explore complex individual and societal relationships to food. You are invited to view their website, www.ciurejlochmanphoto.com.