Sean Higgins: Difficulties with Interplanetary Travel


Collette Blanchard Gallery, a relatively new space on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, recently opened an exhibition of new photographic prints by Los Angeles-based artist Sean Higgins. The exhibition, titled Difficulties with Interplanetary Travel, features eleven digitally altered images of different terrain, some celestial and some worldly, all of which construct a new unidentifiable reality. All Each image begins as documentation of an actual event or location, either taken from the artist or sourced from online archives. Higgins then begins a meticulous process of altering the image, bringing it to state that is positioned directly between science fiction and reality, a state that is found all too often in contemporary life. The images, which are presented in a square format just shy of four-foot, marry a sense of mystery with the familiar, luring the viewer in while opening up an endless array of questions centered on image authenticity.


Higgins recently completed an exhibition of similar prints with Ambach and Rice in Seattle and has also exhibited with LA Louver Gallery and Sixspace in Los Angeles. His current exhibition with Collette Blanchard was reviewed by the Danish publication, The Copenhagen Voice. Difficulties with Interplanetary Travel will be on view through July 31th.