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ROSS CONSTABLE

Artist Statement:

As a Midwesterner, whose father grew up on a farm in Indiana, I’ve spent a large portion of my life in small-town America. I’ve always felt connected to the landscape of the Midwest and to my hometown of Chicago, Illinois. My work engages in a sort of Midwestern mysticism - finding a line between personal and political, historical and mystical, experiential and informative.

I see America as a decaying country, one in which the types of ruins and archeological sites that populate so many non-Western countries are just starting to form. I imagine a future where tourists are flocking to the U.S. to see abandoned gas stations, water parks, and motels. Perhaps Disneyland one day becomes our Machu Picchu.

I'm interested in nonlinear ways of presenting images, and a deep love for cinema also informs my practice. I'm engaged with film that extends past single channel theatrical work, and I'm fascinated by new technologies combined with timeless methods of image-making. Cinema still feels like a very new medium to me.

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Ross Constable is a Los Angeles based filmmaker and installation artist from Chicago, Illinois. His work has been featured in magazines such as The Fader and Pitchfork and continues to grow as he does.

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