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American Triptych

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American Triptych
Curated by: RAY CAROFANO

478 W. 7th Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
June 7th, 2009 - August 28th, 2009
Opening: June 7th, 2009 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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DESCRIPTION

In the wake of the Val Verde project, Mitchell made a break from the singular, documentary portraits of interiors and hit the road. American Triptych feels like the road less-traveled. Formatted as triptychs, each work documents a stop along the byways of Southern and Central California with panoramic expansiveness. Mating three frames without matching creates a near-cinematic sequencing and yields unanticipated rewards: sci-fi, abandoned and absurdist dinosaurs in Cabazon, Monet-like water lilies in Echo Park, stark geometries of the California Aqueduct, and a spare Hopperesque streetscape in McFarland. Devoid of human presence, seemingly frozen in time, these contemplative images echo silence - one can almost hear the sound of the shutter.