Monday, November 12, 2012

TC: (Re)Possession


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Rainy Night: Charles Burchfield, 1918 (The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.)
 




 

He creeps round the eerie empty houses at night
the cry of a lost soul illuminating a late window
on foreclosure and dispossession

The night stalker
alone, driving for hours through abandoned
neighborhoods, senses a curious

elation -- calmed for once, for once feeling almost
at home -- as though the light left on in 
the vacant house had been lit

there for a ghost -- for him, alone -- 







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Untitled 2152, 1998: photo by Todd Hido (Kaune, Sudendorf Gallery for Contemporary Photography, Cologne)

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Untitled 2524, 1999: photo by Todd Hido (Kaune, Sudendorf Gallery for Contemporary Photography, Cologne)
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Untitled 1968, 1997: photo by Todd Hido (Kaune, Sudendorf Gallery for Contemporary Photography, Cologne)

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Untitled 1922-c, 1997: photo by Todd Hido (Kaune, Sudendorf Gallery for Contemporary Photography, Cologne)

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Untitled 2312-a: photo by Todd Hido, 1999 (Kaune, Sudendorf Gallery for Contemporary Photography, Cologne)
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Untitled 1738: photo by Todd Hido, 2003
 (Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York)

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Untitled 1726: photo by Todd Hido, 1996 (Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York)
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Untitled 1975-1-a: photo by Todd Hido, 1996 (Kaune, Sudendorf Gallery for Contemporary Photography, Cologne)

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Untitled 2376: photo by Todd Hido, 2000 (Kaune, Sudendorf Gallery for Contemporary Photography, Cologne)
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Untitled 3510: photo by Todd Hido, 2008 (Kaune, Sudendorf Gallery for Contemporary Photography, Cologne)
2077_1998

Untitled 2077: photo by Todd Hido, 1998 (Kaune, Sudendorf Gallery for Contemporary Photography, Cologne)
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Untitled 1154-a: photo by Todd Hido, 1998
(Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York)

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Untitled 8350: photo by Todd Hido, 2009
(Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York)


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White curtain in warm light: photo by Christoph Michels, 2006

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Half million dollar house under foreclosure, Salinas, California
: photo by Brendel, 13 February 2008

2 comments:

Wooden Boy said...

In some sense we're all waiting for our foreclosures and dispossessions to be illuminated.

Hido's light is stagelight - near to inhuman - for some last act.

TC said...

WB,

That description of Hido-light seems dead on. Every house in the Land of the Free may well be haunted by that eerie inner ... is it illumination, or a ghostly form of irradiation?

Charles Burchfield and Todd Hido (by the way) -- both from Northeastern Ohio. Though obviously several generations and universes apart in angle of view. (Hido came out here for Art School, and after they've seen the School of Art, no going back to the farm... or should I say the suburbs?)