Transformer Station to host photo exhibit of Todd Hido

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His work is a reflection of the lost “American Dream” that left with the 50’s with an emphasis on the alienation and fracturing of suburban America. Credit: Todd Hido Todd Hido: Excerpts from Silver Meadows

Where I’m Calling From: Todd Hido Selects from the Bidwell Collection

Two exhibitions to open May 24, with a free public reception from 5 – 9:00 p.m.

Todd Hido is not your average photographer. The art photos he does have a life of their own. Hido uses his still camera like a movie camera but he only keeps the one scene that defines the entire “movie”. His work is a reflection of the lost “American Dream” that left with the 50’s with an emphasis on the alienation and fracturing of suburban America. His is the stuff of noir films and pulp fiction.

Transformer Station will be holding two of Todd Hido’s exhibitions simultaneously. The first, Todd Hido: Excerpts from Silver Meadows is a collection of over 100 of his most recent works. A major new monograph of works included in Excerpts from Silver Meadows will be published by Nazraeli Press on occasion of the Transformer Station exhibition.

The title of the photo group is from a mythical street that runs through a non-existent Midwestern suburb that reflect the artist’s conception of his developmental years of growing up around Kent, Ohio. The exhibition includes childhood snapshots, newspaper clippings and other artifacts of his youth that serve as his inspiration as he traveled from the lightness of youth into and through the darker capsule of adulthood and beyond.

Phase two the dual collection is the complementary exhibition, Where I’m Calling From: Todd Hido Selects from the Bidwell Collection. This collection features photographs from the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell collection that connect with the artist. By interspersing the arrangement of the two exhibitions, a new fresh dialog appears to the viewer standing far stronger combined then the individual works could stand on their own, i.e.: the sum of the parts…

Both exhibitions will be on view May 24 – August 23, 2013.

A preview dinner on May 23 will inaugurate the Transformer Station’s membership program; guests who purchase tickets to the event become charter members, supporting efforts to keep the museum free, open to the public and a force for creativity and innovation in Cleveland. For more information or ticket reservations, write to info@TransformerStation.org or call 216-938-5429.

About the Artist

Todd hido (b.1968, Kent, OH) is a San Francisco Bay Area-based artist who received his MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1996, where he studied under Larry Sultan, and his BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University. His photographs have been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, and are included in numerous museum collections, including the Whitney Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as well as in many other public and private collections. His work has been featured in Artforum, The New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair, among others. Excerpts from Silver Meadows, published by Nazraeli Press, is Hido’s sixth monograph. He is an adjunct professor at the California College of Art, San Francisco, California.

About the Transformer Station

Transformer Station is located at 1460 West 29th Street, Cleveland OH 44113, 216-938-5429. Admission is free. Hours are Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays: 12 – 5 p.m. and Thursdays: 12 – 9 p.m.

Text courtesy of The Examiner