A new exhibition, This Side of Paradise: Narrative, Cinema and Suburbia in the Work of Miles Aldridge and Todd Hido will present twenty large-scale colour works demonstrating how these two contemporary artists investigate the concept of suburbia.
Though Aldridge and Hido’s styles are visually dissimilar, both artists are recognisable for their distinctive cinematic colour palettes, lighting and compositions, and the suggestion of narrative possibilities beyond the edge of the frame.
Whereas Hido presents a shadowy, empty, exterior suburban world, Aldridge presents the viewer with brightly lit, garish interiors, focusing on the imagined lives of the women who inhabit them.
Hido’s works in the exhibition, depicting isolated suburban homes in America at night, are replete with voyeuristic undertones and implied narrative. Hido’s work is concerned with themes of urban isolation, lived separately from outward appearances. His compositions are often bereft of human presence, although a singular lit window or an empty car become signifiers of stories left untold.
The depictions of isolated women in Aldridge’s highly-stylised, stifling domestic settings suggest intimate dramas. His often-surreal imagery is charged with psychological tension and narrative ambiguity, heightened by his use of vibrant, acid tones.
Both Aldridge and Hido look to subvert the traditional American suburban fantasy, with unsettling undercurrents woven through their work. Their aesthetics draw on the influence of Hollywood cinema and directors Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch.
Miles Aldridge studied at Central Saint Martin’s College, London. His work has been published in numerous international publications including American Vogue, Vogue Italia, The New Yorker and The New York Times. A major retrospective of Aldridge’s drawings and photographs was held in 2013 at Somerset House, London and his work is held in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, London; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the International Centre of Photography, New York.
Todd Hido received his B.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Tufts University, and his M.F.A. from the California College of Arts and Crafts. His photographs have been featured in Artforum, The New York Times Magazine, Wired, Elephant and FOAM among others. His work is held in the permanent collections of many collections including the Getty, the Whitney Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, New York, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
This Side of Paradise is on view at Huxley-Parlour Gallery, London, until 15 December.