November 2, 2000 - December 2, 2000
Known for his straight-ahead photography, Graves turns his sharp but reserved wit to mixed media collages, incorporating photos and images from pop culture journals dating from the 1930s through 1950s. The result is a sarcastic, nostalgic look at imagery that creates and sustains the American Dream. The collages are meticulously constructed, dissecting American idealism as it has been characterized in popular visual histories. The result is a collection of quirky, humorous, fascinating pieces that ask the viewer to consider the paradoxes inherent in social ritual.