-Grey American Landscape by Yeon J. Yue-
My recent project “Grey American Landscape” comes out of a three months cross-country road trip, photographing American Military families, military towns, and other tourist areas, from Los Angeles to New York.
Through dealing with two opposite contexts, War and Family, in one project, I am trying to create the narrative of the world that has co-existed within reality and fiction. This new …War Documentary photographs are mosaic pieces of what American Landscape means to me.
I searched all the military related areas through the Google Map, and I realized that the areas are colored in grey color on Google Map. Grey color, between black and white, exists in our real life even on the map.
I was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, where the ideological conflict still exists. And at the age of 22, as all the South Korean males do, I joined the military service, and served alongside the U.S. Air Force as a Military Police. While I was serving, 9.11 happened, and everything seemed new to me, traumas, worries, desires, and friends and family.
This is an unseen American Landscape. Security and insecurity, reality and fiction are co-existed in one space. Glorious and disgusting, but their beautiful and heart touching stories could be found alongside my road trip. My dearest friend, Tony in Shevlin Minnesota, still puts his pistol in the vase, but never locks his front door.
YEON YUE, “GREY AMERICAN LANDSCAPE”
January 21 – February 26, 2011
opening reception Friday, January 21, 6-8 pm
beta pictoris gallery
2411 Second Avenue North
Birminbgham, AL 35203