gary duehr

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Culled from stock photos, these images show a cross-section of an idealized America. A place where doctors and firefighters and soldiers all do their jobs with unwavering devotion.

But look closer and you notice a certain isolation and weariness too. As if everyone needs a moment to "take stock" of who they are, what they're doing and why.

This is an America still trapped in the false dreams of the Reagan era, but showing signs of wear and tear in the Balkanized political present. Many of the subjects gaze directly back at us, as if from a mirror. As if to say: I am he as you are he as you are me (Walt Whitman via John Lennon).

Color prints on aluminum, 16" x 20".