David Halliday

David Halliday’s photographic series, Threadbare, profoundly builds on his previous work, at once announcing the photographer’s maturity as an artist.  Provocative iconography of lost Americana – heavily decayed objects whose original intention has been exhausted – is given a new sort of vitality as his subject matter.  The series began with a discarded map, used as a dartboard, that Halliday found stapled (by a prior occupant) to the wall of his upstairs bedroom. It has become the anchor, of sorts, for the group of images presented in the exhibit. Halliday’s images, spun out of the artist’s emotional response to a fading America, can feel political, ecological, and very personal. Through collage, he has re-scaled the objects to fit within his visual framework, informing the viewer of a new context for their inanimate life. Halliday’s haunting work communicates a timeless narrative; lost, found and ultimately uncertain of what lies next. Simply threadbare.