Optimism and Obsolescence

By  |  May 29, 2019
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Artist: Graham Hamby

Project: Piedmont

Description: In his project, Piedmont, Graham Hamby comments on the cycle of land development—creation, disrepair, and abandonment—with photographs of painted murals, neglected storefronts, and spare landscapes. These seemingly dissonant images point to the perpetual optimism of building something new and the unfortunate inevitability of its decline. Scenes of archaeological sites and historical markers form a through line for the series, connecting the past with the present and raising questions about consumerism, land use, and what remains when a place, or even a civilization, deteriorates.   

 


Eyes on the South is curated by Jeff Rich. The weekly series features selections of current work from Southern artists, or artists whose photography concerns the South. To submit your work to the series, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Graham Hamby grew up in Athens, Georgia, and now lives and works in Los Angeles, California. More of his work can be seen on his website, grahamby.com