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Roadside Distractions - Vernacular American Landscapes
2660 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965


August 22nd, 2008 - September 20th, 2008
 
Locomotive Tender, Old US 12, Ingomar, MT, Eric EngstromEric Engstrom,
Locomotive Tender, Old US 12, Ingomar, MT,
2008, Mixed Media: digital phot collage, acrylic, prismacolor, 24" X 24"
© 2008 - Eric Engstrom
Rail Crossing, Old US 30, Central City, Nebraska, Eric EngstromEric Engstrom,
Rail Crossing, Old US 30, Central City, Nebraska,
2008, Mixed Media: digital photo collage, acrylic, prismacolor, 36" X 36"
© 2008 - Eric Engstrom
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Abandonment, decay and reuse are recurring themes in my original photographs, collages, and mixed media images. Born too late to go “On The Road” with Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady, but old enough to remember “Easy Rider”, I’ve been strongly influenced by the writings of William Least Heat Moon, John Steinbeck, Paul Theroux and Larry McMurtry as well as the photographs of Eric Sloane, Robert Frank and Michael Eastman.
A Route 66 pilgrimage in 2001 and two cross-country road trips in 2004 and 2007 on old U. S. Routes as well as a recent visit to rural Oahu, Hawaii have served as the inspiration for many of my recent images. America has changed significantly in the past fifty years since the construction of the Interstate Highway System, and the old main roads have been relegated to secondary feeder routes that still serve as the main street for many rural towns. Abandoned buildings dot the landscapes as populations shift and small family farms and ranches disappear.

The images are intended to transform the mundane vernacular buildings and landscapes of the roadside into complex expressions that enhance and celebrate the deep beauty inherent in the commonplace.


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