UNDERCOVER CARS | Clint Woodside
September 10 – October 23, 2016
UNDERCOVER CARS is Clint Woodside’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles and features a collection of photographs from his recently published book of the same title. The work spans five years of shooting and represents a photographic study of covered cars that Woodside spotted while traveling around the world and also living in Southern California.
While the recurring subject of these pictures is “cars” the real subject remains hidden in plain sight: the intimate, everyday human narratives swirling around the cars. The photos are alive with endearing residential architecture and everyday human habitation/habit (well-worn apartments and houses, painted garage doors, oil-stained driveways), and the familiar flora of Southern California (looming, disheveled palms; massive weird shrubs; dense, dark ficus trees; unruly ivy).
As a series, Woodside’s “undercover cars” loosely documents a place and a time (the everyday vibe of Southern California, early 21st century) but they are also a record of his photographic obsession, a long-term attachment to a simple theme from which more complex themes can emerge and evolve.
- Excerpt from Mike Slack’s essay in Undercover Cars: Clint Woodside
Originally from Buffalo, New York, Clint Woodside currently lives in Los Angeles by way of Philadelphia. His work has been shown in New York City, Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco, Philadelphia, China, Seoul, and Australia. Primarily a photographer, Woodside is also known for his extensive work as a curator and as creator of the Deadbeat Club–a publisher and distributor of small books and publications whose diverse roster of photographers include Todd Hido, Ed Templeton, Deanna Templeton, Tobin Yelland, Cheryl Dunn, and many others.