Postcards from the Road
Jonathan Day 18.4 – 28.5.2015
開幕酒會 Opening Reception 18.04.2015 (六 Sat) 4 – 6 pm
藝術家講座 Artist‘s Talk 18.04.2015 (六 Sat) 3 – 4 pm
Jonathan Day 出生的那一年，Robert Frank 出版了攝影集《The Americans》。書紀錄了這位瑞士裔美國藉攝影家花了兩年，開著一輛老舊二手車，穿越48個州分的美國之旅。按Jack Kerouac 的話，Frank「用菲林從美利堅索出一首憂傷的詩歌」。那是1959年。
書後來成為經典，被認為改變了攝影藝術的走向。半世紀後，英國伯明翰的Jonathan Day來到美國，源著前人的足跡，嘗試軿湊書中那「垮掉的一代」的雨零星散。開著租來的車，他在那些通往地平線的公路上，遇上了那些肥大的汽車，那些星條旗，那些十字架，只是，那些符號所指向的早已不是五十年代那浮華世界，而是《The Americans》當代的一章。我們仿佛可以看到，Frank的車就在前面駛過，揚起一片灰塵，裡面載著兩個異鄉人，在作一場跨半世紀的對話。
展覽源自Jonathan Day 同名著作。
The year when Jonathan Day was born, Robert Frank published his photo book The Americans. The book records the Swiss-American photographer’s two-year journey in a used old car through 48 states of the United States of America. Jack Kerouac said he “sucked a sad poem out of America onto film.” The was 1959.
The book ultimately became a classic, holding a secure place in the twentieth-century history of photography for changing the course of the art form. Half a century later, Jonathan Day from Birmingham, UK arrived in America. Tracing his predecessor’s path, he tried to puzzle together the remnants of the Beat Generation. In a rented car Day drove 30,000 miles of road towards the horizon, capturing those big cars, those crosses, those Stars and Stripes along the way. We can almost fell on our face the dust cloud kicked up in the air as Frank’s old used car drove past. Only that those signs and icons no longer point to the vain and arcane world of the 1950s, but to a new, contemporary chapter of The Americans. A dialogue across half a century.