Los Angeles

Grant Mudford

Rosamund Felsen Gallery

Grant Mudford’s color photographs of truck trailers, like much other work, are dependent on context. Mudford has previously photographed similar subject matter, but in black and white; by using exaggerated film grain and contrasty lighting to emphasize line and a sense of flatness, these earlier pictures have blended the formal elements of his subject matter with characteristics of the photographic material. The recent color photographs here appropriate the subject matter in a similar manner, but utilize different strategies.

The evolution of the work has demonstrated a progressive organization of line and space. In earlier work the elemental physicality of Mudford’s subject matter was made prominent through varied and oblique positioning that created an illusion of space. Those considerations have been replaced with color elements in flat fields. Mudford has framed his pictures in a tight,

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