It's that time of year again, and I'm excited to be part of Aperture Foundation's Benefit Auction & Party on October 26th at Terminal 5. Marking the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, Aperture Foundation presents an evening of art and entertainment featuring Nan Goldin's famous slideshow of The Ballad, with a live musical performance by Laurie Anderson and special guests. DJ sets by rock photographer icons Bob Gruen and Mick Rock should be a blast, too. Dubbed "The Playlist" there will be a live auction of new photographs donated by artists such as Stephen Shore, Sarah Moon, Richard Mosse, LaToya Ruby Frazier, and Catherine Opie, as well as a silent auction of framed photographs, each inspired by a song or a piece of music, featuring the work of a fantastic list of artists.
My donated print "I Dream A Highway" (below) will be part of the Playlist's silent auction. The online bidding has opened on artnet here. I took the title from Gillian Welch's dreamy, fourteen minute folk-country epic I Dream a Highway, which captivated me the first time I heard it in my car. As I drove through small upstate towns, the abstract lyrics unspooled an expansive almost-narrative that bent and wound around like the terrain I was driving. It's hard to explain the mood it captures; a sense of reverie and melancholy, with the feeling of a secret, clustered longing in a sun-raked, lazy heat.