Excerpts from Silver Meadows
through April 26, 2014
Artist's Opening & Book Signing:
Thursday, March 13
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Even Todd Hido's exhibition title, Excerpts from Silver Meadows,
reinforces the sense of scene-setting. Hido is celebrated for his suburban-scapes, and this new body of work, accompanied by an award-winning monograph with the same title, takes us home. These works are both personal and fictionalized. Hido has returned to his hometown street in Ohio to make this work. The prints themselves are perfectly mysterious and conjure stories with ease. Perhaps knowing that the place is rooted to the artist's upbringing adds a subconscious layer to the work. Some scenes bring us back to youth- childhood and adolescence. Trees, tracks, and shorelines take us to the heroics of childhood- of summer days and hideaways, of dares and downfalls. A colored light lined motel, little yellow houses, and the back of a woman's neck may remind us of adolescence; there is a tentativeness and a sense of self awareness that may rise up for us and even become palpable. There is, as always with Hido, a moody aura. Like memories that elude, the frames are both sharp and soft. With undulating planes of focus the images ripple as they form and fade. The image, like the memories unlocked from our minds are knowingly intangible, clear in moments, diffuse in places.