With his new series, the Ridgemont Typologies, photographer Mark Luthringer presents to us a reflection of our own subconscious filing system; an uncanny catalog of the American suburban landscape.
From the Artist’s Statement:
The typological array’s inherent ability to depict prevalence and repetition make it the perfect technique for examining the excess, redundancy, and meaningless freedom of our current age of
consumption. My underlying intent with this work can be summed up in the notion implied by the
title of Robert Adams’s book What We Bought: If there is some kind of big sellout occuring, what
are we getting in the deal?
The typological form acheives an uncanny synergy and resonance with this subject matter because
it mimics the mental images I suspect many of us form as way ordering the chaos of abundance that
surrounds us. We can’t help but form in our heads lists, groups and categories based on product,
brand, price point, style, market segment, country of origin, etc. To see one of these groups turned
into a printed grid of images, though, is to be confronted by it in a way never possible when it’s just
in our heads. We are presented with order, and while it is often an absurd, seemingly pointless order,
it is one that we recognize immediately.
Ridgemont Typologies opens Thursday May 31st at the 3A gallery in San Franicso. Come by and say hello. I’ll be the guy in red sneakers.