This is the first exhibition of Mimi Plumb’s What Is Remembered, images from California in the 70’s along with selections of her 80’s portraits from the series, Dark Days.
Both collections of photographs are personal and autobiographical in content and investigate place and what shaped the artist. In her later teens and early 20s, Plumb went back to where she was from, suburbia. She photographed the landscape of her childhood: the mushrooming housing developments, suburban malls, the county fairs, the torn up swaths of land, and most importantly the people living there, the kids, the teenagers, the adults, all reminders of her youth. The 1980s portraits, mostly of San Francisco city life, are the landscape of Plumb’s young adulthood. The images attempt to capture the anxieties of a world spinning out of balance, similar to what many are experiencing in today’s world. Global warming, civil wars in the Middle East and Central America, and the election of a former movie actor, Ronald Reagan, to the presidency of the United States, all contributed to the the punk diaspora of the 80’s and the sense of no future.
Exhibition Dates: May 5 – June 5, 2016
Opening: Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 6 – 8pm
428 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94107