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Richard Gilles
Cottonwood, California

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Signs of the Times

Outdoor advertising, or billboards as they are more commonly known are everywhere. They constantly bombard us with messages to buy. They are in some ways a reflection of our society and economy. In fact, the outdoor advertising industry's own trade publication is called Signs of the Times.

With this series of photographs, I am exploring what these signs say about us or to us when they are empty. Is a blank billboard an advertisement for an economic decline? Or is it a minimalist object whose message is only that which viewer brings to it?




born: 1952, Brunswick, Georgia


San Francisco State University, BA 1981

selected awards/honors

First Place, Paducah Photo 2011, Yeiser Art Center, 2011
Finalist, The Manifest Prize, Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, 2011
Honorable Mention, Aperture Foundation, Portfolio Review, 2007
First Place,  International Photography Awards, Architecture Interiors, 2005

selected publications

Manifest Volume 58, Observed, Manifest Press, 2011
Wonderers, University of California Davis, Richard L. Nelson Gallery, 2010
An Autobiography of the San Francisco Bay Area, Part 1: San Francisco Plays Itself, SF Cameraworks Publications, 2010
Revisiting Beauty, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, 2010

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Towers, Axis Gallery, Sacramento, CA, 2012
Signs of the Times, DNJ Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2010
Signs of the Times, b.Sakata Garo Fine Art, Sacramento, CA, 2009
Almost Home-Less, DNJ Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2008

selected group shows

Crossroads: A Shifting Landscape, Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, 2012
Math + Art, Moreau Art Galleries, Saint Mary‚s College, Notre Dame, IN, 2012
Wonderers, Richard L. Nelson Gallery, University of California, Davis, CA, 2010
The Romance of the Road: Photographs in Search of the Promised Land, The Light Factory, Charlotte,  NC 2010



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