STEIDL X STRAND: Henry Wessel signs Traffic/Sunset Park/Continental Divide + Betsy Karel signs America's Stage: Times Square
Tuesday November 28: 6:00PM – 7:00PM
traffic / sunset park / continental divide by henry wessel:
America's Stage: Times Square by betsy karel:
Steidl week continues with a signing by two incredible photographers!
Traffic/Sunset Park/Continental Divide presents three independent bodies of work by Henry Wessel , each being a precise sequence arranged to give the viewer the experience of what it felt like to pass through the territory described.
The first series, Traffic, shows Wessel’s photos of drivers stuck in traffic as he commuted in the early 1980s from Richmond, California, to San Francisco in the morning rush hour. Wessel records the determination, impatience and blank boredom of his fellow drivers as they navigate a daily drill that seems at times daunting and hopeless. Sunset Park is Wessel’s series of night photos of the modest working-class neighborhood of Sunset Park in Santa Monica. Wessel’s final series, Continental Divide, takes the viewer on a ride from the dense, suburban flatlands of the Midwest, up across the Rocky Mountains, and down into the sparse desert landscape of the American West. Wessel depicts its houses, shacks, street corners and the highway, reminding us of the inherent aesthetics of the everyday.
In America’s Stage: Times Square, street photographer Betsy Karel uses five New York City blocks as a metaphor for urban America today. Her premise is that many of the major trends of our society are present in Times Square: globalism, consumerism, ubiquitous sexualization, hucksterism, surveillance, narcissism. All are compressed and amplified here. In Karel’s photos fantasy parades as reality, corporate interests invade almost all public spaces, and Times Square becomes a vivid, almost hyper realistic, form of theater.
Join us in the Rare Book Room for a signing opportunity with Henry Wessel and Betsy Karel!