Justine Kurland’s Road Bunnies, 2012, is a new photograph of her son Casper taken at a campground in Wyoming. The title refers to “road dogs,” street-kid slang for the friends one travels with. Though she is nominally based in New York, Kurland’s work over the past decade has made her a traveler, and Casper has been by her side on countless American interstates and back roads. She has been in search of places and moments that embody the idealism rooted in popular conceptions of the American West, whether as an unspoiled arcadia or as a site for individual renewal. Many of these photographs were part of her series This Train Is Bound for Glory, which merged landscapes with photographs of freight trains, portraits of drifters, and images of Casper. Road Bunnies is from a new series of photographs that is more documentary and naturalistic than Romantic in nature. These new photographs will be exhibited in New York and collected in a book next year.
Justine Kurland (born in Warsaw, New York, 1969) lives and works in New York. She earned a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and an MFA from Yale University. Her photographs have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; St. Louis Art Museum; and Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, among other museums, and are in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and the International Center of Photography, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Whitney Museum of American Art, all in New York.