Contemporary Ruin

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Bay of Pigs, 2007 Letterpress © Dirk Hagner
No. 73 Belligerency Suite, 2007 Archival Inkjet And Lithography On Found Paper © Jennifer D Anderson
June 28th, 2008 - November 30th, 2008
Opening: June 28th, 2008 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

san diego
Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 4pm, Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm, Monday: Closed
Los Angeles Printmaking Society
prints, Printer, printmaking, print, Art
General Admission: $5



From age to age...the crash of ruin fitfully resounds.

                                                           William Wordsworth


In their inherent aesthetic, emotional or inquisitive appeal, the vestiges of ruin and decay contain, for each of us, a certain level of fascination.  A ruin, whether it is architectural, human or environmental, often triggers a stirring experience. These experiences can include the recognition of the uncomfortable signs of mortality or feelings of nostalgia.  In its apparent familiarity, or unfamiliarity, a ruin often causes one to feel a level of comfort or discomfort, as one ends up confronting the nostalgia of what could have been or has not yet happened. 


For this exhibition, members of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society explore the stunning, uncomfortable and sometimes unpleasant aspects of the ruins of our contemporary society. 

About Jennifer D Anderson's work:

As an artist, my work has most often focused on the vulnerable aspects of mankind.  I find one of the unifiers of all people, is how easily both the physical being and the spiritual creature can be injured and unfortunately, even destroyed.  Staying true to that focus, this work stems from dialogue recently heard in my daily life regarding our present understanding of war and the resulting injuries, physical and otherwise, of military personal, as well as the effect on our society as a whole.


All images are printed on found paper taken from a ledger book from the first half of the twentieth century. Ledgers, of course, are the books used by accountants, filled with columns to indicate the flow of monetary amounts in the form of payments made and debts owed. The word “cash” printed in a flowing elegant font on each page seems to sit the stage for simple and easy transactions of goods and money. I decided however, to fill each page with images taken from a variety of sources to highlight the uneasy exchanges that often take place in terms of body and soul in the theater of war. 


Without any intention of furthering any side of the present debate regarding war, this work is about the loss of innocence shown through the simple line figures and diagrams of soldiers, guns and children playing with the harsh reality of loss of life and limb. Overall it’s about the separation between soldier and civilian and the price extracted therein.