Decay Utopia Decay

Portrait Society Gallery, Milwaukee, “Decay Utopia Decay” installation view with wigwam photographed by Francis Ford, January 2013

Portrait Society Gallery, Milwaukee, “Decay Utopia Decay” installation view with Ambrotypes photographed by Francis Ford, January 2013

The fragility of human existence was central to our exhibition, Decay Utopia Decay, at Portrait Society Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Focusing on our lives as collaborative artists and teachers having never been apart in more than 30 years, we increasingly understood our human bondage to the vulnerabilities of the body. Ultra large format, historical process photography directly relates this work to a continuum established by generations of photographers while indulging in a hand-made battle with material defying the contemporary fixation on the virtual. The exhibition ran November 9, 2012 – January 5, 2013, but many works remain available for viewing in the gallery’s archive room by request or appointment 414.870.9930. The Museum of Wisconsin Art and Chazen Art Museum acquired ambrotypes from the exhibition for their permanent collections.

View self-portrait images on Flickr

View vegetable portraits on Flickr

View our rock opera Decay Utopia Decay (part 1, part 2, part 3)

View Too Big video about our 30×36 camera

Read blog post on BlogSpot

View photographs by Art Elkon from the opening on FaceBook

Read Express Milwaukee November 12, 2012 review by Judith Ann Moriarty

Read Express Milwaukee November 13, 2012 review by Peggy Sue

Read Milwaukee Journal Sentinel October 24, 2013 “2013 Wisconsin Triennial”

review by Mary Louise Schumacher

Real Photo Postcard Survey Project

Ryan A. (6.17.2010)

Ryan A. (6.17.2010), 5.5×3.25 palladium postcard print

When we moved into our studio in 1989, Ryan was a kid playing in the side alley. Now he runs the Boarding House next door. He stood for a portrait the day Wisconsin Public Television documented us working on our Real Photo Postcard Survey Project. View the WPT segment here.