The American Typologies

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The American Typologies

2525 Michigan Ave., D3
Santa Monica,, CA 90404
January 5th, 2008 - February 23rd, 2008
Opening: January 5th, 2008 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Tue-Sat 10-6

D3Projects at Bergamot Station, CA, is proud to present The American Typologies by Gail Pine and Jacqueline Woods, who are photo-based artists currently living and working in the Santa Barbara area. While each artist has been active individually for over twenty years, they have, for the better part of a decade, collaborated on The American Typologies, composed of found photographs. Their work is held in private, corporate and museum collections including the J. Paul Getty Museum.
The size and content of each Typology varies and is largely based on Middle America at mid 20th century. The pieces are thematic and structured in a typological order. The works range in size from 36” x 36” to 72” x 72” and can consist of 9 to 36 images. The creative process requires countless hours of prospecting in outdoor flea markets for the raw material, followed by further time in the studio to shape and focus the guiding idea of each work.  The artists pull from thousands of snapshots to create each composition.
Inspired by Bernd and Hilla Becher and the long tradition of typological representation, Pine and Woods have focused on rigorously arranging anonymous snapshots to form works that address various aspects of American culture.  Just as the Becher partnership photographed industrial structures slated for obsolescence, Pine & Woods are conscious of the disappearance of snapshots especially in the face of digital image making.  
The work of August Sander is also an influence. Where Sander left off in Germany in the 1930's on his ambitious social-documentary project that he titled People of the Twentieth Century, Pine and Woods pick it up on the American front.  Sander prolifically photographed ordinary people and created a series of archetypal groups. Pine & Woods use found photographs to comment on comparable American cultural realities.
Gail Pine & Jacqueline Woods are actively, exploring history and memory. They rely not on the words of historians but on the people that had cameras who came before them.  Their goal is to observe, translate and interpret our culture.  They move forward by looking back.