At A Loss

  • At A Loss
     
    In any given landscape there are moments, which tell a story about a place and the people that dwell there. In a metropolis or a ghost town these moments of loneliness and abandonment that can be looked over or forgotten. It is in these spaces that there is an opportunity to see and understand the world in a different way. By exploring, collecting and photographing the world as an archaeologist or detective gives intensity to the seemingly banal and ordinary.
     
    The absence of the human figure in the work provides a space for the viewer to project themselves into the desolate and abandoned environments that are captures. By pairing photographs of these deserted and abandoned environments and images of found personal items it provides fertile ground for narratives to emerge. The items collected are items one might find in a family album or desk drawer and provides a strong connection to the missing figure.
     
    The types of spaces that are captured range greatly from the unnoticed reflection of a New York street to forgotten city in the California desert that has a vibrant past. The ghostly representation of the locations exposes moments of quietness, sadness, and abandonment. In some cases these places are desolate due to a tragedy or economic down turn and the images and collected items speak to the way in which it happened.
     
    It is the universality of loss that allows the viewer to find the beauty in these abandoned spaces and objects. With the hope that it enlightens them to see how sublime life is and how connected we are to each other.
  • 34° 9' 53.9028"N 115° 46' 22.278"W
     
    aerosol can-white
    backpack-green, brown
    bed sheet-pink, white, yellow
    blanket-fleece, blue, yellow, sun, moon
    carpet pad-scrap, mustard brown
    carpet-scrap, beige
    carpet-scrap, white
    clothes
    coffee box-plastic, Folgers
    cord-black
    fabric-pieces
    glass-broken, greenish
    hose-green
    insulation
    lace-scrap, white
    particle board
    picture frame
    rum bottle-clear, empty
    sandal-silver
    shopping cart
    sneaker-white
    so hot
    soda bottle-green, 7up
    storage cubby-composite wood, white
    t-shirt-pink
    television-parts
    ten cans-rusted, no label
    tennis racket bag-red, black, Wilson
    thermos-black
    tube-white
    twelve tires
    two bed mats
    two buckets-white
    two vacuums-red/black, gray
    vent grate
    wood-scraps
    work glove-blue, white
  • 34° 11' 25.728"N 115° 43' 33.6324"W
     
    birthday cards
    bowl-plastic, yellow
    broom-green handle, yellow bristles
    bucket-“all purpose joint compound”
    car fender-red
    car head light
    car-red, Volkswagen Scirocco 16V
    chair
    death announcements
    five pipes
    flip flop-light blue, white
    four doors
    hose-black
    hose-red
    license plate cover-black, “UCLA Alumni”
    metal-scraps
    ninety-three cans-varying sizes, rusted,
    (lacquer thinner, Folgers, WD40, paint, speed enamel, decaf coffee)
    paint can-large, rusted
    photo-couple in bathing suits, very worn
    photo-sailor in dress uniform
    photo-young boy, school portrait
    pile of clothes
    pile of nails
    pile of newspaper
    propane tank-small, rusted
    sandal-white
    seven jars-brownish, rusted red lids
    shoe-black
    sliding glass door
    snapshots
    sympathy cards
    thirty-nine bricks-7 yellow, 32 red
    three bookcases-metal
    three cardboard boxes
    three propane tanks-large, rusted
    three spools-big, wooden
    three tires
    two wooden ladders
    wig-blonde
    wood-scraps
  • 34° 9' 56.592"N 115° 46' 12.9318"W
     
    can-smashed, rusted
    drawer-metal, rusted
    drywall-chunks
    feathers-a lot
    bottle-glass, Starbucks Frappuccino
    insulation-covered in shiny metallic layer
    metal-aluminum, strips
    oven grate-small, somewhat rusted
    plywood
    roofing material-scraps
    spring knob-rusted
  • 34° 55' 17.1"N 117° 10' 52.5"W
     
    broken glass-scattered
    cement block
    door-white
    door-wood
    ladder-wood, broken
    pipe-white
    satellite dish
    sun rising
    three bricks-red
    tiles-white, bathroom
    tire
    tree stumps
    two cans-rusted
    two couches-white, dirty
    two window frames-white, no glass, broken
    wood-scraps
  • 35° 0' 57.1818"N 115° 38' 49.8516"W
     
    aluminum siding-rusted
    beer bottle-brown
    bottle-plastic, opaque, Gatorade, no label
    bra-faded, purple, 34B, body by Victoria
    brick
    cardboard box
    chair cushion
    chair- rusted
    eight cans-rusted
    electric mixer
    faded jeans
    flattened rusted barrel
    glass-broken
    hoses
    mattress skeleton, frame/springs-rusted
    nineteen tires
    paint can-rusted
    particle board with 2 signs-“No Hunting,” “No Trespassing”
    pieces of roofing material
    pile of plaster chips
    three tree stumps
    truck hood-white, rusted
    truck-white, rusted
    two boxes-metal, no label
    two fallen trees
    washing machine
    wood-scraps
  • 34° 11' 28.2258"N 115° 43' 30.2736"W
     
    barbeque-black
    beer bottle-brown, no label
    cement slab
    chair cushion-orange flowers
    chair-orange, flowers
    chair-silver, folding
    clother-hanging in garage
    cross-wood
    dryer
    eleven cans
    five cinder blocks-three pink, two gray
    hose-pink
    ice pack-“perma ice”
    pipe-metal, rusted
    refrigerator-full of jars
    roll away bed
    roofing material-scraps
    sixty-six jars-varying sizes, no labels, dusty
    slipper-light blue
    television
    three grocery carts
    three wooden ladders
    twenty-five barrels-rusted
    twenty-two tires
    two cardboard boxes-full of jars
    two hoses-black
    washing machine
    washing machine-rusted
    wood cutout cactus-white
    wood-scraps
  • 34° 11' 28.7802"N 115° 43' 24.5568"W
     
    armchair
    bookcase
    can-crushed, Miller Lite
    can-empty, Budweiser
    couch cushion
    crib
    fabric-scrap, yellow and red flowers
    glass-broken
    hand towel-indigo
    insulation
    jacket-white
    jeans-gnarly, dirty
    paint brush-fine tip
    pebbles
    rocks
    scraps of wood
    shirt-scrap, red and white stripes
    shirt-striped blue, red, and mustard yellow
    table-broken
    three spare windows
    top bed sheet-white, folded
    towel-tattered, multicolor
    two couches-beige, floral pattern
    two water bottle lids-white
    wire hanger
  • 33° 20' 57.498"N 115° 43' 43.482"W
     
    arm chair
    basket-metal, yellow
    black pipe
    blanket-green
    bottle-distilled white vinegar, Heinz, quarter full
    bottle-elmer’s glue
    bottle-plastic, “leather balm,” full
    bottle-plastic, brown, hydrogen peroxide, ten percent full
    bottle-plastic, Gatorade, no label
    bottle-plastic, iodine, quarter full
    bottle-plastic, shampoo, “Avocado”
    bowl-plastic, yellow
    carpet-light brown
    carpet-white
    cement block
    couch cushion
    curtain-velvet, yellow
    eight bricks
    five pie tins-aluminum
    frying pan
    glass-broken
    green hose
    hose-white
    insulation
    milk carton-whole milk, Foremost
    news papers-“Imperial Valley Press,” April 23-30, 2000
    packet-Emergen-C, “Rasberry Vitamin C”
    paint can-“fresh and easy”
    paint can-rusted
    pills tab-garlic pills, “Nature Made,” sixteen left of twenty
    pipe
    red trailer
    seven fruit baskets-square, plastic, green
    shower curtain-blue with flowers
    side mirror
    stool-vinyl, beige
    sweatshirt-purple
    thirty-one jars-varying sizes
    three picture frames
    two bottles-plastic, mustard, French’s, empty
    two coat hangers, plastic, metal
    two sandals-Birkenstocks
    two shoes-loafers, yellow
    watch-silver, no face
    window curtain
    wood-scraps
  • 34° 9' 53.2872"N 115° 42' 5.2554"W
     
    bag of egg noodles-plastic, full
    bucket-white
    camper-white, green horizontal stripe, Nomad
    carpet-strip, rolled, teal
    chair-turquoise
    cinder blocks
    duct tape-roll, silver
    fabric-scrap, teal
    fabric-scrap, white
    five pipes
    paper-orange
    pot-light green
    rug-dusty, floral
    stove-white, open
    suitcase-brown, black
    table-small, circular
    ten cans-rusted, (Cambell’s pork and beans)
    toilet bowl
    tub-plastic, pink
    typewriter
    wood-scraps
  • 40° 33' 2.0334"N 74° 6' 48.9486"W
     
    bicycle frame-small, rusted
    bicycle-small, red, rusted
    boat trailer-rusted
    boat-white, in brush
    box-plastic
    bucket-metal, blue and yellow striped
    couch-pink striped
    lounge chair-white, light green
    oar
    pot-planter, plastic, white
    sound board
    table-plastic, blue, yellow, pink, Fisher Price
    tiles-light yellow, small, sooty, pile
    tire
    toy-figurine, melted
    two bicycle tire-small, rusted, bent
    wood-pieces, painted white
  • 34° 9' 54.126"N 115° 44' 30.5838"W
     
    alarm clock
    backpack-gray, black, Sports Plus
    bed sheet-purple and white, toile pattern, wrapped around bundle of clothing
    bed sheet-white
    beer bottle-broken, Pacifico
    beer bottle-Coors Light
    bicycle helmet-child’s size, green
    cans-rusted
    car grille-plastic, black
    cardboard boxes
    carpet-green
    chair
    clothes
    concrete-chunks
    couch-beige and white stripes
    door
    fork-plastic, pale yellow
    four compact disks
    four keyboards
    glass-broken
    masonite pieces
    mattress
    mop
    roofing material-pieces
    shirt-camouflage
    side table
    sink-cracked
    six beer bottles-brown, no labels, empty
    six tires
    sixty-two floppy disks-(black, blue, beige)
    teddy bear-body, no head
    television
    trash bag-black, full of clothes
    two computer programming manuals
    two drawers
    two sneakers-beige, dusty
    two water jugs
  • 33° 20' 56.529"N 115° 43' 41.8146"W
     
    arm chair-green
    arm chair-parts
    backpack
    baseball hat-pink camouflage
    bicycle tire
    blanket
    books-including ”Today’s Bestselling Nonfiction”
    bowl-plastic
    box spring
    bucket-light blue
    can-Country Lemonade
    cassette tape-gray
    cereal box-“fruit rings cereal”
    chair-vinyl, brown
    coffee can-blue
    coffee table-wood
    comb-pink
    confetti-gold
    cooler-blue, white
    cooler-styrofoam
    couch
    couch cushion-dusty gray
    couch frame
    couch-light brown
    cup-plastic, 7 Eleven Big Gulp
    cup-plastic, dark blue
    cup-plastic, turquoise
    drawer-brown
    drawer-freezer drawer
    egg carton-styrofoam
    fifteen cans-rusted
    high heel-pointy, stiletto, beige
    insulation
    iron
    ketchup bottle
    mattress-child size
    mattress-floral, red flowers
    mattress-floral, white and red
    mug-ceramic, white
    mug-plastic, pink
    nail polish-clear
    ninewater jugs-plastic, empty
    oatmeal box-Quaker
    oil bottle-yellow, no label
    outlet cover with light switch
    paint brush
    paint brush
    phone book
    pieces of armchair
    pile of clothes
    pile of linoleum tiles-light green
    pillow case-red
    pillow-blue stripes
    pillow-mustard yellow
    propane tank-small, green
    pull-out sofa
    puzzle pieces
    soda cans-(orange soda, diet coke)
    stove grate
    straw hat
    suitcase-small, maroon
    sweater minus arm-sea foam
    sweater sleeve-sea foam
    sweater-beige
    sweater-knit, maroon
    table cloth-red, black
    television-broken
    television-pieces
    thermos-rusted
    three snap shots
    throw pillow-blue with lace trim
    tire
    traffic cone-faded orange
    trash bag-black
    two boots-gray
    two ice trays
    two water bottles-empty
    vacuum
    wood paneling-pieces, gray