On October 8th, 2011, The Lunch Box Gallery will present its latest photo exhibition “America, Like it or Not,” by artists Kirk Crippens, José J. Figueroa and Rodolfo Vanmarcke.
“America, Like it or Not” aims to gather three different visions of America today, from the transgression of the American culture into other societies to the visual consequences of the Great Depression.
San Francisco-based Kirk Crippens, is currently attending the Stanford Continuing Studies. He received the Top 50 Photography Award in Photolucida’s Critical Mass and has been nominated for the 2011-2013 Eureka Fellowship Program.
Crippens, who has a strong background in photojournalism, is currently exhibiting “Foreclosure, USA Series” at The Lunch Box Gallery. Inspired by the Dust Bowl photographs of the Great Depression, Crippens focuses on the foreclosure crisis in California which has decimated many communities.
“This series promotes a dialogue about sustainable economic growth in the local communities everywhere and educates the public about the real cost of the unquestioned American Dream,” said Crippens.
New York City-based, José Joaquín Figueroa, currently attending the The Cooper Union School of Art with a full-tuition scholarship, will be exhibiting 9 images belonging to his series “El pitiyanki: American Quilt” and 6 Polaroids of his series “Martyrs.”
“Advertising, consumer goods, television, colonization, mass media, globalization, all of the American culture has played a fundamental role in the Venezuelan society and my generation,” said Figueroa.
Figueroa, born in Venezuela has previously exhibited at the FIA XX Iberoamerican Art Fair in Caracas.
Another Venezuelan-born artist exhibiting at The Lunch Box Gallery is photographer Rodolfo Vanmarcke, who last year participated at Shanghai Art Fair with the project curated by Milagros Bello, “The Deceptive Eye 2010” at Curator’s Voice Art Projects.
Vanmarcke’s newest series which he prefer to call the “New Normals,” is about his vision of current America, a visual practice that intends to represent some of the new and problematic scenarios of the contemporary world.
Vanmarcke is showing two images, one based on the BP Oil Spill, and the other one related to the abuse of analgesics and the excessive prescription of drugs in America.
“America, Like it or Not” will be open to the public on October 8th from 7:00pm to November 26th, 2011 at The Lunch Box Gallery.