Rust Sun Bible Corn embraces the tradition of the American road story as it explores the propensity to construct and describe a relationship to our landscape. We moved west and claimed disparate plots of land, but the ways in which we build them up, decorate and delineate, and maintain or neglect them reveal a common visual language.
Quoting a structural staple of the western landscape, a miniature historical marker is mounted below each exhibition print. The text is pulled from each location’s Wikipedia page, conflating the immateriality and democratizing effect of online content with the implicit relevance conferred by a permanent, crafted object. A testament to the roadside non-attraction observed in the photograph, the added gesture of the marker also recalls comments written below Polaroid snapshots and Instagram posts.
This project reflects on how doggedly we communicate about our place in the world – in the humble acts depicted in the images and in the intangible yet permanent marks made on our virtual landscape, all of which insist, “I’m here, look at this, it’s important.”