Foreclosed Dreams at Yellow Peril (Big, Red & Shiny, 06/13/13)
In David H. Wells’ Foreclosed Dreams at Providence’s Yellow Peril Gallery, we see the material residue of dreams deferred, if not entirely scuffed out.
The photographs, presenting a kind of archeology of the recent past, document houses in limbo, interior spaces gone to seed. Wells captures the home’s transition from the center of private life, a symbol of middle class stability, to one of derelict abandonment. And with the careful attention of an archaeologist, his images reveal a richly textured materiality: the wrinkled surface of packing tape, grout, particles of dust, exposed plaster, the scratches on a hardwood floor.
Objects, the things left behind, are often depicted in close-up, the rest of the backdrop blurred—from a collection of gold karate trophies to a red toy telephone to a piece of half-eaten toast on a Styrofoam plate.