Billboard Lines

by Tod Seelie

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Artist Statement

Billboards in the American landscape have always personified "epic" to me, even before I saw Stephen Shore's iconic South of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Blank billboards captured my attention even more than ones with advertisements because they were able to straddle the space between screaming at me, yet saying nothing at all. I was particularly drawn to the billboard in this image because of its orientation, surroundings and the fast moving clouds that night. It stands alone in the middle of a city, with its head seemingly held high. The net of wires between the viewer and the blank canvas creates a separating layer, with hints of ghostly flight paths of long-gone airplanes.

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+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Signed + numbered certificate of authenticity included
+ Directly supports the artist
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.

Tod Seelie

Tod Seelie has photographed in 25 countries on five different continents. His work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Stern Magazine, TIME, New York Magazine, Wired, Rolling Stone, Spin, Juxtapoz, Thrasher, Vice, Der Speigel and Mass Appeal among others. His images also appear in the feature films Perfect Sense (2011) and Empire Me (2011). Tod has exhibited work in solo and group shows around the world and at Mass MoCA and the Philadelphia Art Alliance. His work has also appeared in photography and art books, such as The Vice Photo Book, Hijacked, The Sense of Movement:... Read More
When Artists Travel, Street World and Backyard Shakedown. In 2013 Tod published his first book of photography, BRIGHT NIGHTS: Photographs of Another New York, with Prestel Publishing. The book chronicles 15 years of living and shooting in NYC, with 10 essays by fellow collaborators and cultural observers. "This startlingly beautiful collection of images captures a gritty culture that belies the city’s glamorous persona." —Juxtapoz "His images at times elevate mere weirdness to a more striking realm of visual intrigue... Strange, vivid, baffling and relentlessly unexplained, they leave their viewers transfixed." —New York Times
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