Sarah Keeling
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The series "Dealerships" features images of car dealerships and other auto-related facilities at night, when their premises lay dormant and the facilities are illuminated by security lights. The quality of light in these spaces serves as an entry point into the work and emphasizes theatrical aspects of car culture used to entice potential buyers. Photographing the dealerships and repair centers after-hours in a "non-functional" state removes them from their original context and encourages a closer look. Under these conditions, a humanistic quality is revealed within the sale displays. Attempts at commercial persuasion, seen through attention seeking decorations and dramatic lighting, lack their usual bravado and seem to warrant a sympathetic response instead. 

The series calls upon memory and a cultural familiarity with the subject matter in order to inform the interpretation of the work. It strives to not only re-contextualize the nature of sales within the auto-industry, but to draw a visual comparison between the infrastructure of these spaces and their prevalence within the landscape. On its own, the car is a loaded image; carrying with it significant historical as well as cultural implications. The image of a dealership acknowledges this, but directs the conversation towards a more specific facet of human-vehicle interactions. As a growing body of work, the images speak to the ubiquity of these spaces. Architectural elements in the buildings are simplified in the evening light and emphasize repeated structural forms to create formal consistencies throughout the series. These areas are banal, yet they have and continue to still influence the sahpe of our landscape as well as the experience of navigating through it.

Archival prints of various dimensions. (2014)