On view through December 23, 2009 at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City is the new photographic series, The Fall, by Irish artist Richard Mosse. For the exhibition, Mosse has created a series of epic landscape-based documentary photographs that survey a variety of wreckage in remote locations such as the Patagonian Andes and the Yukon Territories. Images of downed planes, exploded cars, and dirt filled swimming pools become monolithic monuments of destruction, partially reclaimed by nature and left to slowly decompose. The artist embarked on this photographic journey as an embed with the US military. In a sense, the series is a rescue mission aimed at recovering, at least in image form, lost relics of globalization and archeology of our time.
The Fall marks the completion of the first year of a two-year Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Performing and Visual Arts. Mosse completed a postgraduate Degree in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths University in London in 2005, and an MFA in photography from Yale School of Art in 2008. The artist’s work will be included in the upcoming Fotofest 2010 Biennial of Contemporary U.S. Photography, March 12 – April 25, 2010, Houston, TX.