Home Base

Digital c-prints, 13″ x 20″, 2011

The Cold War era saw a tremendous build up of military structures and facilities, many in the style of a regional vernacular. These units — offices, terminals, inns, dorms, chapels, etc. — were often as nondescript as the suburbs that were growing up around them. Yet they were privileged spaces, bounded and secure, with an aura of vital national importance. Printed on postcards used for correspondence between families and friends, their depictions promoted a neutral and comforting façade for a vast political war machine. Considered here as documentary evidence, the images of Home Base are disrupted through rephotography, cropping and enlargement. Its visual analysis points to a discourse on landscape, society, and power.

2011 “Telephone,” Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA