Edgar Martins, This is not a House

30 Sep 2011 – 24 Dec 2011

The New Art Gallery Walsall

Walsall, United Kingdom


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This extraordinary body of photographic work was originally instigated by a commission from The New York Times Magazine. The artist was asked to create a photo-essay that reflected on the collapse of the US housing market. Shot initially in 6 US states over a period of one month, the work focuses on 16 carefully researched locations, exposing the full extent and impact of this worldwide crisis. Martins has created a compelling series of images of neglected and abandoned houses, apartments, office buildings, golf courses and ski resorts. The subjects are effectively contemporary ruins, and the artist knowingly plays with these associations to create dramatic, poetic and theatrical compositions. This exhibition has been supported by The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK branch).

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