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Posted by The Center on November 22, 2010

(Photo credit: Kirk Crippens, “Thank You” from the series “Foreclosure USA”)

Kirk Crippens’ series “Foreclosure USA” examines the real estate detritus of the 2008 recession. The leave behinds – stars pasted to the ceiling in a child’s room, thanks for shopping signage – become tooth ache sweet testaments to misguided faith in consumption as redemption.

He writes:

The current unemployment rate is one of the highest in the nation. Foreclosure, USA explores Stockton’s foreclosed homes and the abruptly suspended housing developments in its hardest hit neighborhoods. It also documents the “foreclosure industry” and businesses affected by the housing crash. A city that twice received the All America City award from the National Civic League as it converted large tracts of farmland into “homes” can surely teach us much about truly sustainable development. It is hoped that the project will promote dialogue about sustainable economic growth in local communities everywhere and educate us about the real cost of the unquestioned American dream.

See the rest of the series and more of Kirk’s work at

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Posted by The Center on November 9, 2010

(Photo credit: Tom Chambers, Transfiguration)

(Photo credit: Mitch Dobrowner, Arm of God)

(Photo credit: Matt Eich, Dialia walking home from church)

(Photo credit: Rania Matar, Siena 17, Brookline MA 2009)

(Photo credit: Kirk Crippens, Galaxy)

(Photo credit: Traer Scott, Tiger)

(Photo credit: S. Gayle Stevens, pool west beach and barkley)

(Photo credit: Jessica Hines, Untitled #8, Chapter 7: I Pray For Your Spirit)

Photolucida just released its Top 50 list for 2010. The full list of Center exhibitors selected in the Critical Mass Top 50 include: Tom Chambers, Kirk Crippens, Mitch Dobrowner, Matt Eich, Jessica Hines, Mary Shannon Johnstone, Loli Kantor, Rania Matar, Christopher Rauschenberg, Manjari Sharma, Yisook Sohn, S. Gayle Stevens, Traer Scott, Daniel Traub and Kevin Van Aelst.

This is an amazing opportunity and a tremendous accomplishment for these artists. Congrats all!