Terminus by John Divola. First edition (2021). First impression. Large format hardback in new condition. Signed by John Divola to a dedicated bookplate to copyright page.
Since 2015, John Divola has been making photographic projects in an abandoned air force housing complex in Victorville, California. By intervening in the buildings’ disused interiors with spray paint then photographing the modified scenes, Divola creates work that sits at an intriguing juncture of photography, sculpture, and installation. The images in Terminus gaze down derelict hallways towards dark shapes which Divola has painted at their ends. Through layers of paint, dust, and plaster, they exert an unmistakable pull on the viewer, at once suggesting the deterministic forces of fate and the rupturing possibility of escape. Arranging and juxtaposing these images within the book as a considered object, the artist leads the viewer on a stochastic and entrancing traverse through the abandoned compounds.