Jeremiah Ariaz: Tucumcari

When: Feb. 21-March 14 2013

One of the mesmerizing qualities of photography is its ability to capture and hold a specific place in a specific time. Jeremiah Ariaz’s series of color photographs — named after the vanishing town they document, Tucumcari, N.M. — weaves this deep-rooted tradition into a vibrant, contemporary aesthetic. A town severely crippled by the recession, Tucumcari remains a visual Candyland. Ariaz interprets its color, shapes and formal relationships with a sense of pure poetry, but his poignant series represents more than just a city in flux — it speaks to a broader aspect of the human condition. On some level, we can all identify with that sinking feeling of being caught between a vanishing past and an uncertain future.

Sara Estes

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