RICHARD MISRACH - The Writing on the Wall
Jul 13, 2017 — Aug 19, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 13, 5:30-7:30pm.
Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to present Richard Misrach: The Writing on the Wall, recent photographs made in response to the 2016 US presidential election.
Made over the past year, Misrach’s recent photographs are a direct response to the highly charged political climate and accompanying rhetoric of hostility felt across America today. In his travels through desolate areas of southern California, Arizona, and Nevada, the artist found countless signs of despair, protest, and anger scrawled on derelict buildings and rocky outcrops. His images of spray-painted graffiti record messages of desperation, hatred, grief, and hopelessness for the country’s future. The new work builds on Misrach’s photographs of related inscriptions made during the Obama years, images that now can be seen as unwitting omens of the abrupt shift in public discourse that was to come.