For his second body of work, Curran Hatleberg has been traveling the country by car to photograph the slough of the white man’s American dream. Known for his depiction Hatleberg is known for his depictions of human exchange, in all of its complexity. This presentation is, in a first for the artist, a purposeful turn. The photographs are nearly completely emptied of bodies; when they do appear, they are fragmented and obscured. We are left with only traces of human presence: the remains of an abandoned kitchen, the open road beyond a car windshield, or a dangling alligator carcass.
The artist writes, “Our country is different and changed in its present iteration and we can’t help but regard it with a stare that we hold in reserve for the most difficult circumstances.”
New photographs by Curran Hatleberg are on display at Higher Pictures Generation in Brooklyn, NY.