Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 12-12:20pm
Take 20 - Stephanie Visciglia
Join Montserrat Galleries student docent Stephanie Visciglia in a 20 minute gallery talk on David Wells' exhibition in the Schlosberg Gallery Foreclosed Dreams
Since 2009, David H. Wells has been recording the human cost of our Great Recession that began the year before by photographing the things people left behind when they abandoned foreclosed homes. In the Providence photographer’s heartbreaking exhibit Foreclosed Dreams he documents toys, credit reports, martial arts trophies and family heirlooms jettisoned in homes from Massachusetts to California to Florida. Wells’s subject—this terrible sense of emptiness, of abandonment, of exodus—lasers into your soul. Walls and ceilings are ripped open. The saying “I’m ruined” here becomes physical and emotional ruins. The departed often don’t seem to give a damn how they leave the place. Or they’re too harried and broken to get it together. Wells purposely doesn’t photograph the people. By focusing on their things, by leaving it anonymous, he aims to draw us in personally, to get us thinking: “That could be my house, that could be my grandfather’s photo, that could be my child’s toy.” There’s plenty of blame to go around in this massive tragedy, from the rapacious banking and real estate industries to the individuals who failed to repay their loans. But regardless of the reasons, the results are a diaspora of devastated families.
- Greg Cook, Montserrat College of Art
Adapted from an essay first appearing in WBUR.org’s The ARTery)