Ross Sawyers

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Over the past decade, Ross Sawyers has produced photographs that distill subtle but important aspects of urban domestic architecture. Throughout the evolution of this project he has remained focused on living spaces and how he relates to, and understands, those spaces in the context of contemporary culture. His pictures examine and exaggerate issues of privacy and community as well as scrutinize the ways the structures we call home affect us.

Constructing models, then viewing them through the camera, allows Ross to exaggerate and over-state the observations of his surroundings. The environments depicted in the works are close to the actual world, but the artist deliberately refuses to make accurate copies of reality in order to surprise us with environments of the unexpected. 

Ross earned his MFA from the University of Washington. He has had solo exhibitions in Chicago, IL, Spokane, WA, and Kansas City, MO. His work has been exhibited at the Unseen Photo Fair in Amsterdam and in the exhibition The Ghosts of Architecture at the Henry Art Gallery (University of Washington, Seattle, WA). His photographs are in the permanent collections of The Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, IL), the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO) and the Henry Art Gallery (Seattle, WA).

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The Jungle series

 
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Jungle #1, 2015, archival inkjet print, 30 x 44 inches, edition of 5

 
 
 
 

Jungle #2 2015, archival inkjet print, 30 x 37.5 inches, edition of 5

 
 
 

Jungle #3 2016, archival inkjet print, 30 x 45 inches, edition of 5

Jungle 4 2015, archival inkjet print, 30 x 37.5 inches, edition of 5

 
 
 

Jungle #5 2015, archival inkjet print, 30 x 37.5 inches, edition of 5

 
 
 

Jungle #6 2015, archival inkjet print, 30 x 37.5 inches, edition of 5

Minor Drag

Jungle#7 2016, archival inkjet print, 30 x 45 inches, edition of 5

Jungle #8 2015, archival inkjet print, 30 x 37.5 inches, edition of 5

SERIES INFO

This body of work focuses on exteriors of possibly habitable structures, some seemingly constructed with materials at hand, some perhaps existing structures that have been altered; more symbols of habitats than anything inhabitable. “My intention with these photographs and the work I have done in the recent past is to make connections between the Present and periods in the Past that have perhaps seen similar circumstances with similar consequences.”

> Review in The Seattle Times, 3/2/16: Discomfort and defiance: 2 photography shows about homelessness and slavery 

 

This is the Place series

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This is the Place 2013, archival inkjet print, 30 x 40 inches, edition of 5

Dishonest House 2013, archival inkjet print, 30 x 40 inches, edition of 5

Nothing Doing Here 2013, archival inkjet print, 30 x 40 inches, edition of 5

 
 
 

Keep Quiet 2013, archival inkjet print, 40 x 30 inches, edition of 5

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Untitled 2013, archival inkjet print, 30 x 40 inches, edition of 5

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Chances are Good 2013, archival inkjet print, 30 x 40 inches, edition of 5

SERIES INFO

This is the Place brings together seven new photographs from Sawyers’s ongoing project Model Pictures. In the vain of the previous work, these new photographs are of models constructed and shot in the studio, however drawing and mark making take a much more dominant role in these images. Symbols drawn and scratched onto the walls of these spaces make direct reference to the ways people use their dwellings as a means of communication and as a stage to act out frustrations and anxieties.