Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Wasteland_David T. Hanson

The static either-beauty-or-social-critique dilemma is refashioned as a dialectical flux between present and absent appearances in Hanson's photographs: what easily appears (formally seductive abstraction, a sign rooted in land abuse)/ what doesn't appear (ugliness, only envisioned by mental effort when one attends to the signs' referents). Hanson's superb book reflects both a commitment to artful seeing and hard-hitting social comment. - James Hugunin

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