DAVID BLACK - THE DAYS CHANGE AT NIGHT - HAT & BEARD PRESS

3.26.19

David Black's newest monograph The Days Change at Night is finally out through Hat & Beard Press! The book comes after the close of Black’s “Landscapes” photography exhibition at The Lodge Gallery in Los Angeles and features many of the images on display there, along with a bevy of others.

As a follow up to Cerro Gordo, David Black’s debut monograph from 2017, The Days Change at Night explores the para-normality of everyday life in Los Angeles. Part two of an LA trilogy, Days Change picks up where Cerro Gordo left off, evoking the early 1980s punk aesthetic projected in Alex Cox’s Repo Man—a city on edge of an existential threat.

The images themselves present a cyclical, day-to-night narrative, using the city’s landscape as a depository of our collected dreams. These visual glitches suggest the point of view of a passenger in a fast-moving car, racing past on LA’s expansive freeway system, capturing the stark polarity of the city’s opposing forces: light and dark, commercial and artistic, micro and macro—and they fuse together to pose questions about illusion, mortality, and truth.

As Raymond Chandler famously wrote, “A city rich and vigorous and full of pride, a city lost and beaten and full of emptiness.

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