Bruce Silverstein Gallery is pleased to announce A Road Divided, an extraordinary exhibition of recent large-scale landscape photographs by Todd Hido. Following the debut of his portrait series, Hido has focused his attention once again to the American landscape, a subject explored in his widely acclaimed series Roaming. Presented mostly in large scale, these photographs hit a new mark. Looking from the vantage point of his car seat, and shooting outward through ever changing layered mixtures of condensation, grit, and reflecting glare upon the car’s windshield, Hido masterfully transforms the mundane terrain peripherally sandwiching the myriad of roads typically dotting the outskirts of American cities, into inexplicable poignant images, filled with cinematic gravitas and dream-like sublimity, often ‘crossing the double lines’ between painting and photography.
While Hido embraces the aesthetic, it is not without a critical eye. He is drawn to austere scenes that characterize America as an empty place, evidenced by crossroads, dead-end streets, broken trees, and seemingly endless highways. Moody and psychological, like the times we live in, these landscapes are metaphors for personal emotions, evocative of the dark things that keep us up at night.