Le Journal de la Photographie: Todd Hido

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Todd Hido: Excerpts from Silver Meadows

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The premiere exhibition of over 100 works by Todd Hido, entitled Excerpts from Silver Meadows opened on May 24th at the Transformer Station, Cleveland’s new exhibition space for contemporary art.

Hido’s recent work offers a darkly dramatic glimpse into a world that reflects both the alienation and dislocation of suburban America. Named for a street that runs through a typical Midwestern suburb where Hido grew up, Excerpts from Silver Meadows represents the artist’s reckoning with his own past for which he has created “a loose fictitious place based on inadequate memory.”

The Transformer Station exhibition includes childhood snapshots, newspaper clippings, and other ephemera that served as inspiration for the series and further reveal what Hido describes as his “trip through the innocence of childhood and adolescence and into the darker aspects of life beyond.”

A second complementary exhibition, Where I’m Calling From: Todd Hido Selects from the Bidwell Collection, features photographs collected by Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell, founders of the Transformer Station, that resonate with the artist.

In conjunction with the exhibition Nazraeli Press has published Excerpts from Silver Meadows, its sixth and most ambitious monograph of Todd Hido’s work:http://www.nazraeli.com/bookdetail.php?book_id=100449. Both exhibitions will be on view at the Transformer Station through August 23, 2013.

Peter C. Jones

Todd Hido: Excerpts from Silver Meadows From May 24th to August 23rd, 2013 Transformer Station 1460 West 29th Street Cleveland, OH 44113 USA 216-938-5429

Text and image courtesy of Le Journal de la Photographie.