Photographs Invoke Disquieting Feelings of Being Trapped
by Annabel Osberg ·
June 25, 2015
It seems every traveler, on occasion, suffers a collapse of time and space. Careening down a hotel hallway late at night, carrying a suitcase whose weight amplifies the exhaustion from hours of cramped travel, one’s head begins to spin. Doors, walls, and expanses of carpet all start to look the same. Details collapse; perception short-circuits. One forgets which day it is, the room number, what hotel and city this is—is it thousands, or just hundreds of miles away? But it all seems so similar to yesterday.
The banality of institutional spaces has a way of triggering momentary lapses in situational awareness. Losing track of time and location elicits a yearning for a pleasant view from a window, fresh air, anything to re-establish one’s bearing.
“Not an Exit,” Austin Irving’s show at Wilding Cran which ends this weekend, channels travel-induced confusion into 10 large-scale photographs of mysteriously unsettling interiors from around the globe.
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