Dallas Seitz, The American Story

Dallas Seitz, Accidental Sculpture, 2015

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Dallas Seitz, The American Story

Artist Dallas Seitz finds a warmth in the confusing desolation of a crumbling American culture...

London-based Canadian artist Dallas Seitz ponders Cold War iconography and U.S.A. romanticism, in an emotive body of work partly inspired by Charles and Ray Eames’s Glimpses of the USA; a 1959 seven-screen video experience of ‘the American Story’, presented at an exhibition in Moscow.

The American Story at IMT Gallery, London

Dallas Seitz, Honest John, 2015

Currently on show at Bethnal Green’s IMT Gallery, Seitz’s The American Story sees the artist recollecting trips to the Californian desert, Arizona and Palm Springs; embodiments of American culture at odds with their arid surroundings. Here, Seitz encounters what he calls ‘accidental sculptures’; Cold War relics; Seward Johnson’s 26-foot-tall Forever Marilyn, dismantled on its way from Palm Springs to New Jersey.

Johnson’s deconstructed sculpture offers a simpler visual narrative to the overall mood of this collection; that of the glimpses of despair in proud American symbolism. ‘I am often out in the desert for days and when I find those things, there is a love in there and a sadness,’ recounts Seitz, who confesses a fondness for the States, in spite of its complicated foreign policy and infamous tendency to wade headfirst into military action; ‘the work to me is about finding belief.’

Comprising new photography, video, and object works, The American Story continues at the Cambridge Heath Road gallery until 6 March.


Deconstruction Legs

Dallas Seitz, Deconstruction Legs, 2015

Accidental Sculpture

Dallas Seitz, Accidental Sculpture 2, 2015

Deconstruction of Marilyn

Dallas Seitz, Deconstruction of Marilyn 2, 2015

Skull Rock

Dallas Seitz, Skull Rock, 2015

Double Laundry

Dallas Seitz, Double Laundry, 2015

Age of Death

Dallas Seitz, Age of Death, 2015