Wayne Sorce’s Nostalgic America

East-Chicago,-1977

East-Chicago,-1977

Wayne Sorce, East Chicago, 1977. Courtesy Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla

Halsted-Streetm,-Chicago,-1978

Halsted-Streetm,-Chicago,-1978

Wayne Sorce, Halsted Street, Chicago, 1978. Courtesy Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla

L.B.-Oil,-New-York,-1984

L.B.-Oil,-New-York,-1984

Wayne Sorce, L.B. Oil, New York, 1984. Courtesy Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla

Vinegar-Hill,-New-York,-1985

Vinegar-Hill,-New-York,-1985

Wayne Sorce, Vinegar Hill, New York, 1985. Courtesy Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla

Five-Bros,-1982

Five-Bros,-1982

Wayne Sorce, Five Bros, 1982. Courtesy Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla

El-Platform,-Chicago,-1978

El-Platform,-Chicago,-1978

Wayne Sorce, El Platform, Chicago, 1978. Courtesy Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla

Dave's-Restaurant,-New-York,-1984

Dave's-Restaurant,-New-York,-1984

Wayne Sorce, Dave’s Restaurant, New York, 1984. Courtesy Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla

Parklane-Hosiery,-1980

Parklane-Hosiery,-1980

Wayne Sorce, Parklane Hosiery, 1980. Courtesy Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla

Fort-Dearborn-Coffee,-Chicago,-1977

Fort-Dearborn-Coffee,-Chicago,-1977

Wayne Sorce, Fort Dearborn Coffee, Chicago, 1977. Courtesy Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla

Brooklyn-Bridge,-1985

Brooklyn-Bridge,-1985

Wayne Sorce, Brooklyn Bridge, 1985. Courtesy Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla

“For me, photography is very important in that it exists because of everything else,” Wayne Sorce stated in a 1973 issue of Camera magazine. For Sorce (1946–2015), his photographs were embedded in the identity of the cities in which they were taken, namely Chicago and New York. The exhibition Urban Color, currently on view at Joseph Bellows Gallery in La Jolla, California, presents selections of Sorce’s masterful work from the late 1970s and early ’80s. With their primary-color palette, old Cadillacs, retro store fronts, neon signs, and midcentury street corners, Sorce’s images contain a uniquely American sensibility, akin to the paintings of Edward Hopper. Like Stephen Shore and Walker Evans, Sorce flattens space, filling his images with graphic architecture and wry signage. While photography might exist because of everything else, such nostalgic images of America are enduring because of photographers like Sorce.

Wayne Sorce: Urban Color is on view at Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, California, through December 30, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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