Postcards along 1-95: Museum-at-large

Some people approach their world as a series of films, or one streaming film. Another approach life may be as a series of postcards: some intriguing, some trite. Certain museums might hang and frame some of these postcards. PS1 and the Hirshhorn might make C-prints out of them (left). The National Gallery DC and the MoMA would make them b/w prints (right).

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Four days on the road, and passing from state to state, is always a trip. Crossing the border, each one in these four states has a different kind of greeting (immediately four below). Florida used to be a big sign, now is almost nonexistent, as is North Carolina. Georgia is big and bold with its peach. The funniest state is South Carolina for passing over the I-95 border is memorable for  South of the Border, which is a motel in existence for about 50 years, and eats up all of the town it is in. The state sign for South Carolina as you pass from North Carolina, I don’t recall. Yet leaving the state into Georgia, has the charming marker “Thank You for Visiting South Carolina (below).” –Unlike the usual, “thank you for visiting, now get out!”

Some places remind me of Sheeler or Sisley (right, left above). These postcards become commonplace and forgettable. Many things along I-95 have have that goofiness so common to our country. I love road signs in Florence, SC especially TV Road and Honda Way which reflect the Romantici$m of the 20th century. Particularly goofy are billboards which become more memorable postcards.

Fifty years ago Lady Bird Johnson set out on a campaign to beautify America by doing away with landscapes overpowered with billboards, etc. JR’s, South of the Border and dozens of “adult” hangouts would have none of that liberal drivel. I wonder what Lady Bird would have thought of the aesthetic feel of South of the Border?

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One Response to “Postcards along 1-95: Museum-at-large”

  1. Postcards from L.A. | thinkVisual/thinkMuseum 3 Says:

    […] their own, no context, little content. But these shots exist for the beauty of the moment, and like postcards are throwaways. Consumed, then […]

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