Untitled 3 (Convention Centers)

black and white fiber print

13.25" x 20"

2009

Convention Centers

During a conference at the largest convention center in the United States, I became interested in exploring the potential to emotionally and socially claim these contextless, alienating spaces in a humanistic way.  Despite the fact that a conference was actually underway at the time, half the of the interior spaces were empty, and the exterior felt desolate --- a deserted city within a city.

The architecture of many convention centers is a derivative of modernism divorced from its utopian ideals, and reproduced as a bland, corporate vernacular.   My intent was to isolate something aesthetically appealing from something commercially generic and bland.  The framing of the images creates an abstraction of forms out of buildings whose very purpose is strangely abstract.  Strangely intimate and melancholy, there is a sense of searching, looking for something indeterminant that would counter the dissociative quality of the landscape.