The photographs in this exhibition were made on the sets of the television
program The X-Files during the filming of the final season in 2002. In
the past few years I have completed several bodies of work that have dealt
with the literal manifestations of existential desires.
This has included photographing small isolated houses in the desert, and
generic buildings that housed liquor stores, adult bookstores, palm readers,
churches, and bars.
Most of us harbor an existential anxiety born of the predictability and
probabilities of observable reality. The observation that tomorrow will
most likely be like today and that we will be one day closer to the undeniable
destination of death. It is an anxiety that drives us away from culture
toward nature, to get drunk, have sex, climb mountains, or that predisposes
us to believe in miracles and space aliens. I was interested in The X-Files
because it is literally a stage for the expression of these desires. I
hope that there is some resonance between the generic nature of these
sets, the character of photographic insistence on the observable present,
and the X-Files as cultural fact.
I wish to especially thank Corey Kaplan, the Production Designer for The
X-Files for making access to these sets possible as well as ongoing aid
and encouragement. I also want to thank Chris Carter, the creator of The
X-Files, for giving me the permission to complete this project.