Eyes of Artists

Phil Jung: Windscreen

Posted in photographers, shows by Corey Presha on April 5, 2009

© Phil Jung
– My friend Phil Jung has his MFA Thesis show coming up and if your in the Boston area it should be one not to miss.

A car’s interior offers a blurred line between public and private space. The interior, littered with personal articles, offers a portrait of its owner, while the aging exterior conveys imminent decay. The composite of this space reflects who we are and where we come from, and possibly where we are going.

When combing through neighborhoods for cars, I look first for the way light enters a car and renders color. If I find nothing inside its cabin that tells something about its owner, I move on. Above all, the car needs to be drivable or just recently taken off the road. If a car sits for too long, it loses something.

Gasoline-powered vehicles were introduced in 1896. These early cars represented freedom, hope, exploration and independence — quintessential American ideals. By 1947, when the photographer Wright Morris made his image of an aging Model T, those early ideals had already started to deteriorate. This work revisits those ideas by exploring the relationship of automobiles and their owners today.

April 13 – April 23
Reception: Thursday April 16th 6-8

Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm
Saturday 11am – 5pm

Sandra and David Bakalar Gallery
Stephen D. Paine Gallery
621 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

See more of Phil’s work here and see a video of his creative process below.

Phil Jung – Photographing for the Windscreen series


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