Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra
May 5 - June 2, 2018
Opening reception Saturday, May 12, 2018
Fabrik Projects presents Douglas Stockdale's first exhibition at the gallery as well as the launch of his new art book Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra.
The exhibition is comprised of American Southwest landscape photographs from Stockdale's series "Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra," inspired by recent political changes in the United States. Although initially conceptualized as a political satire and parody of Donald Trump's "bigley" wall on the United States' southern border, this project developed to symbolically represent the greater political, economic, social, and cultural barriers people construct to separate themselves from others. The physical walls pictured reference psychological, conceptual, and systemic barriers people construct to dissociate from others-barriers that serve to prevent acceptance and impede interpersonal connection.
The newly published art book Middle Ground/En Medio Tierra contains 31 images including those from the exhibition. The book adheres to a Leporello style design, is hand-bound by the artist, and published in an edition of 99 with an additional five artist proofs.
Douglas Stockdale is an artist, educator and mentor, the Editor & Founder (2008) of The PhotoBook Journal (TPBJ), consultant to LensCulture, and a faculty member of Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP). Stockdale's artwork is in the permanent collections of Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma (Rome), Reminders Photobook Library (Tokyo), Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library (Yale), The Franklin Furnace Archive (Brooklyn) and the book collection of the School of Visual Arts (NYC). He has been featured in LensWork, photo-eye, Silvershotz, EMAHO, Lenscratch and Looking at Photographs, among others.
Douglas Stockdale currently lives and works in Orange County, CA.