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    Art Exhibit Shows "Foreclosure, USA" at the Reynolds Gallery

    Jan 12, 2011

    University of the Pacific's Reynolds Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of San Francisco Bay Area photographer Kirk Crippens' Foreclosure, USA series about the housing foreclosure crisis here in Stockton, CA.

    Bedroom in an abandoned homeThe exhibition runs from January 18 to February 18, with an opening reception on January 21 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Crippens will give an Artist's Talk in the lecture hall adjacent to Reynolds Gallery, Jeannette Powell Art Center Room 209, at 6:00 pm on January 21.

    Crippens explains that he chose Stockton as the subject of his foreclosure series in 2009 as it became a center of the housing foreclosure crisis in America:

    "In the first quarter of 2009, one in every twenty-seven housing units in the area received a foreclosure notice, against a national rate of about one in one hundred and fifty-nine. Foreclosure, USA explores Stockton's foreclosed homes and the abruptly suspended housing developments in its hardest hit neighborhoods. It also documents the "foreclosure industry" and businesses affected by the housing crash. A city that twice received the All America City award from the National Civic League as it converted large tracts of farmland into "homes" can surely teach us much about truly sustainable development. It is hoped that the project will promote dialogue about sustainable economic growth in local communities everywhere and educate us about the real cost of the unquestioned American dream."

    Street with every home foreclosedAs a college student at the University of Texas, Kirk Crippens interned with The Dallas Morning News in Dallas, Texas; The Flint Journal in Flint, Michigan; and The Patuxent Publishing Company in Columbia, Maryland.

    In the last few years, Crippens has had solo exhibitions of his Foreclosure, USA series at the SFMOMA Artists Gallery and RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco, CA. They were both positively reviewed, including an interview on KALW radio for Cross Currents. Additionally, he was invited to speak at San Francisco PhotoAlliance, opening for John Pfahl. Crippens also won the Blue Earth Prize for Best Project Photography for his Foreclosure, USA series and was nominated for the Fleishhacker Foundation's Eureka Fellowship Program for 2011 - 2013.