WHITE CUBE, MASON'S YARD LONDON 8.1.11
|Untitled (4) 'Sanctuary' 2009, Framed: 72.4 x 89.5 cm Pigmented inkjet print|
Actors and crew members are long gone. What should be a timeless ruin is held together by scaffolding. A street of wooden buildings is punctuated by gaping holes. And the only invaders are trees, vines and bushes, frothy patches which pit themselves against the stark geometry of the buildings. Indeed one particular spiky weed stands upright with military precision shoulder to shoulder wherever it can get a foothold, between cobbles, inside rooms and along kerbs. The prints when framed are an approachable, domestic size.
I usually can’t resist pictures of absent presences, places of abandonment: a meal table after a dinner party, clothes tossed on a bedroom chair, an empty pair of boots by the back door. Crewdson says that he wants the project to be a love letter to the history of classical documentary photography. I think I fail to appreciate Crewdson’s work as much as it deserves. I have, alas, seen far too few films in my life, and lack the tools to decode the references.