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3: Second Chances | Jacques Garnier | © 2013
4: FORWARD Jacques Garnier’s “Second Chances” series is a photographic exploration that depicts the remnants of human intervention and human living within a harsh landscape. Objects are in a state of becoming future archaeological evidence. They are today’s “forgotten dreams” that capture a contemporary nomadism that has been in existence for millennia. In today’s world, the rusted metal, collapsed homes, and the roads to nowhere reflect a failed economy in which people can slip through safety nets easily, and be forgotten just as effortlessly. Day to day living in an arid landscape permeates the work, and so does day-to-day dying. Garnier captures the entropy of the forgotten structures as the desert weather overtakes them. Often, all that remains is a cement foundation, suggesting a landing pad for future dreams that may or may not manifest themselves. The works are reminiscent of two other well-known photographers and their work in the desert. Foremost is Richard Misrach’s dedication to the Southwest desert and his ongoing project since 1979, “Desert Cantos” and John Divola’s more recent “Collapsed Structures.” They and Garnier’s works are both about the beauty of the landscape and also about the human use of the landscape. Neither is pure, but the latter certainly does make the world more impure than desired sometimes, via fires, floods, and war.
5: Tyler Stallings Artistic Director, UCR Culver Center for the Arts & Director, UCR Sweeney Art Gallery University of California, Riverside | However, in Garnier’s images there is a sense that, despite whatever harshness humans may impose on the landscape, nature can be even harsher, taking back its horizon line, vegetation and mountains with vengeance. Lastly, and most interestingly, Garnier captures the mindset of the people who once inhabited these crumbling structures. This is underscored by the inclusion of letters in the exhibition by a woman to a husband who once lived in one of the shanties. She is in jail now, a different kind of harsh place. Whether by choice or circumstance, she reveals the effect of the environs then and now. Garnier photographs capture both the effects upon the landscape from human causation and, likewise, its psychological marks upon the people who once inhabited it. | excerpted from "Their Latest Creations"
35: contact information Jacques Garnier P.O. Box 1375, Laguna Beach, CA 9265 email@example.com 714-402-0308 www.jacques-garnier.com © 2013