Brendan Threadgill: Proving Ground
Daily: Monday 01/09/2012 - Wednesday 01/25/2012; 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)
3001 S. Flower Street
Reception: Wednesday, January 18th, 8:30 pm–10 pm
Brendan Threadgill’s exhibition Proving Ground, explores the legacy of Cold War nuclear test sites through a process of burying unexposed large format film. The film is buried at night and retrieved at night, allowing only the chemicals, minerals, and soil-filtered sunlight to expose the film. The resulting images form an alternate photographic history of otherwise nondescript tracts of desert and scrub brush. The effects of the nuclear tests are unseen in the landscape, save for a few well-worn craters and rusted signs signaling radioactivity. Much like Chernobyl, these sites have become refuges for the natural world, effectively off limits to any form of development for countless future generations. Proving Ground utilizes the indexical nature of a now mostly antiquated form of image making (chemical photography) to play with ideas of landscape and technology and the enduring legacies of global conflict and aesthetic production.
Brendan Threadgill is an artist and writer currently living in Los Angeles. Exhibitions have included projects at LAXART (Los Angeles), The Suburban (Chicago), and Auto-Italia South East (London). Mr. Threadgill holds an MFA in Photography and Media from California Institute of the Arts and a BFA from The Art Institute of Chicago. He was also a Fulbright Fellow to Ukraine in 2004-2005.