Beauty’s Nothing

17 May – 23 June 2001

Yancey Richardson Gallery
535 West 22nd Street
New York
NY 10011

The Yancey Richardson Gallery is pleased to present Beauty's Nothing, the first US exhibition of London-based photographer Nadav Kander. The show is comprised of a selection of large–scale color photographs from two related series – nighttime landscapes and motel room interiors – both taken from mid–continent America from the perspective of an outsider. Fascinated by the prevalence of manufacture sites such as freeway systems, parking lots and motel rooms, Kander creates images of places that are recognisable and familiar, and seem to be anywhere and nowhere at the same time.

In his series of night views, Kander explores the seductive bleak beauty of the American roadside experience: a looming freeway interchange harbouring a neon sign of a star, a lone car illuminated by a halo of light in a desolate parking lot, or a conga line of abandoned shopping carts silhouetted against a blank stucco wall. Similarly, views of motel room interiors emphasise a sense of aloneness and alienation. In each image the view is from a bed whose edge looms into frame, a stand-in for the lonely traveller kept company by the endlessly changing characters on the ubiquitous television screen. Both the roadside views and the motel rooms represent islands of comfort and familiarity in the lonely night of middle America.