Decay Utopia Decay

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

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

Decay Utopia Decay (1996-2012)

A body of work about our personal desperation to create a paradise and record its existence at our isolated rural Wisconsin farm. Such perfection can only exist in the haze of the past or future, making it absurd to approach it with the present-ness of photography, even with camera formats as reflectively cumbersome as 30×36 inches or as spontaneous as small-gauge 8mm movies. Our decaying, aging existence provides us with a stage as we face off with the elements, the uncontrollable plant world, broken-down farm implements, groundhogs, wasps, and mosquitoes. A home-movie rock-opera about this low-impact, non-time-specific, utopian lifestyle, negotiating commodity fetishization, dis-ease, and decomposition will be installed in a wigwam made of poplars harvested from our farm, surrounded by large format photographs printed in antiquarian processes.

View self-portrait images on Flickr

View vegetable portrait images on Flickr

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

View Too Big video about 30×36 camera on YouTube

Read our post on the Decay Utopia Decay exhibition

Read our blog post about the work on BlogSpot

View photographs by Art Elkon from the PSG 11/2012 opening on FaceBook

Read Express Milwaukee 11.12.2012 review by Judith Ann Moriarty

ReadExpress Milwaukee 11.132012 review by Peggy Sue

Read Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 10.24.2013 “2013 Wisconsin Triennial”

review by Mary Louise Schumacher

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