Preview & Book Launch
Thursday 29 September, 6pm – 8pm
Friends, family & colleagues welcome.
An accompanying publication, This is not a House, includes 65 colour photographs and essays by Sacha Craddick and Peter D Osborne. It is published by Dewi Lewis Publishing. Priced £35. ISBN: 978-1-907893-02-05. Signed copies will be available on the evening, priced £30. Limited edition copies of the publication are available on request.
This extraordinary body of photographic work was originally instigated by a commission from The New York Times Magazine. The artist was asked to create a photo-essay that reflected on the collapse of the US housing market. Shot initially in 6 US states over a period of one month, the work focuses on 16 carefully researched locations, exposing the full extent and impact of this worldwide crisis. Martins has created a compelling series of images of neglected and abandoned houses, apartments, office buildings, golf courses and ski resorts. The subjects are effectively contemporary ruins, and the artist knowingly plays with these associations to create dramatic, poetic and theatrical compositions.
This exhibition has been supported by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK branch).
Image credit: Edgar Martins, Untitled (Atlanta, Georgia), from the series This is not a House, 2009. Courtesy of the artist.