Yesterday, long-time D.C. resident and artist B.D. Richardson debuted a new mixed media photographic installation at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD. Titled Striations, the exhibit is themed to rural landscapes and perfectly captures the vanishing remnants of agrarian society in the wake of industrialization. Using a unique combination of film transferred to aged metal, the long exposure images capture the movement of clouds. Richardson’s subjects include wooden grain elevators, barns, crab shacks and old docks–all set against expansive panoramas of North America. The skies in these images are especially stunning, with the movement of the clouds contrasting the stillness of the decaying buildings. “The movement of the clouds symbolizes time moving forward in the face of the ephemeral lifespan of vanishing structures and the rich history they represent, ” Richardson explains.
The images were captured digitally and printed using archival pigment inks onto film. The film images were then transferred to metal plates that were aged individually using a complex hand-worked procedure to assure that no two were identical. The final result is a monochromatic multimedia image framed in barn wood from upstate New York.
Much like a scene out of House of Cards, the exhibit’s opening night saw a large turnout of D.C. political aristocracy and high-ranking military officials. Senators, generals, and various government contractors packed together in the gallery’s space to enjoy fine art accompanied with champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and intelligent conversation. While we have no doubt Richardson’s work will soon make its way up to Chelsea, you can enjoy a few of the images here.