Sayre Gomez – Art Basel Hong Kong 2019

Sayre Gomez’s work comprises art as photography – or photography as art? – in what are known as his photorealistic “X-scapes.” Much like the peak of Japan’s Showa Era design sensibility in the 1960s and 1970s, these strip mall slices of Americana evoke a certain sense of nostalgia.

Not quite urban, not quite suburban, these depictions of Los Angeles-based plazas serve as an ode to the diversity of the United States. The shiny veneers of related signage also represent faded glory, while at the same time retaining hope and optimism for the future.