This Side of Paradise
Nov 15 – Dec 15, 2018

Miles Aldridge

A new exhibition, This Side of Paradise: Narrative, Cinema and Suburbia in the Work of Miles Aldridge and Todd Hido will present at Huxley-Parlour Gallery twenty large scale color works demonstrating how these two contemporary artists investigate the concept of suburbia.

 

Miles Aldridge

Miles Aldridge

Miles Aldridge

Miles Aldridge

Though works by Aldridge and Hido are visually dissimilar, both artists are recognizable for their distinctive cinematic color palettes, lighting and compositions, and the suggestion of narrative possibilities beyond the edge of the frame. Whereas Hido presents a shadowy, empty, exterior suburban world, Aldridge presents the viewer with brightly lit, garish interiors, focusing on the imagined lives of the women who inhabit them.

 

Miles Aldridge

Miles Aldridge

Miles Aldridge

Miles Aldridge

The depictions of isolated women in highly stylized, constructed interiors in the work by Aldridge suggest intimate dramas in these stifling domestic settings. His fastidiously constructed tableaus are charged with psychological tension and narrative ambiguity. The often-surreal imagery is heightened by his use of vibrant, richly saturated, acid tones.

 

Todd Hido

Todd Hido

Todd Hido

Hido’s works in the exhibition are from his ongoing Houses at Night series, depicting isolated suburban homes in America, photographed at night, replete with voyeuristic undertones and implied narrative. Hido’s work is concerned with themes of urban isolation and interior lives, lived separately from outward appearances. His compositions are often bereft of human presence, although a singular lit window or an empty car become signifiers of stories left untold.

 

Todd Hido

Todd Hido

Todd Hido

Both Miles Aldridge and Todd Hido look to subvert the traditional American suburban fantasy, with the unsettling undercurrents woven through their work. Their aesthetics draw on the influence of Hollywood cinema and directors Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch. This Side of Paradise presents photographs by each artist that demonstrate their understanding of visual suspense with each work carefully crafted to transform the everyday, and invert the familiar.

 

This Side of Paradise / Narrative, Cinema and Suburbia in the Work of Miles Aldridge & Todd Hido
November 15 – December 15, 2018 / Huxley-Parlour
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