“This image is part of a series "Areth: An Architectural Atlas" that establishes a fictional reading of the Modernist built environment, one that draws upon the architectural imagery of speculative fiction. In doing this, The Atlas aims to reveal the value of the willing suspension of disbelief inherent in fiction of all kinds, but particularly within the speculative or science-fiction genres. These types of narratives give an audience a critical distance from their architectural surroundings, allowing for a re-imagining of the built environment that can lend it a new context. Here, the archetypes of Space-Age architecture have been re-cast as the remains of a utopic civilization, both eulogizing and highlighting the optimistic futurism inherent in the Modernist architectural project. The work makes reference to the tradition of August Sander's New Objectivity as interpreted by the Becher School of photographers. However, the ploy of presenting these works as genuine artifacts plays off of their straightforward delivery, aiming to make the language of the project a semi-comic stab at the authority of the author.” — Adam Ryder
Adam Ryder (b. 1981) focuses his photographic practice on the built environment, urbanism, and infrastructure. He has collaborated on both grant-funded and residency-supported projects On the Grid and The Edge of Light documenting infrastructure and contemporary landscapes in Rhode Island and Utah. Since 2004, his work has been exhibited in New York, including shows at A Slender Gamut and The Camera Club of New York, at Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, DC, as well as abroad, at the Slade School of Fine Art in London and the Liverpool International Photography Festival in Liverpool. Ryder’s work has also appeared in publications such as Wired, Hyperbalade, and i09. Ryder received his MFA in Photography, Video, and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and his BA from Clark University. He currently lives in New York, NY.
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