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Bank Rupture
Stockton Mayor Ann Johnston 


Dear Friends,

This newsletter is being sent from the wonderful facilities at Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon. I'm honored to be working at Newspace during the month of April as their Artist-in-Residence. I'm creating a portrait project with a 4x5 view camera generously loaned by RayKo Photo Center. I'll be introducing the photographs during an artist talk at 1 PM on April 27th at Newspace.

I'll also present a new print portfolio from an ongoing series titled Bank Rupture during Portland's bi-annual review event Photolucida. A follow-up to my body of work The Great Recession ('09-'11), Bank Rupture began as Stockton, California teetered on the precipice of bankruptcy. I first traveled to Stockton in 2009 after 60 Minutes dubbed it the epicenter of the foreclosure crisis. Subsequently GQ magazine declared Stockton the worst place to live in America. In early 2012, as bankruptcy loomed, I was compelled to return to Stockton and begin photographing again. I plan to continue the work as the bankruptcy proceedings unfold, which could last years (there is no precedent). I'm introducing the first thirty photographs today.

View Bank Rupture Here

A portrait of an All-American city transformed into the largest municipality in American history to declare bankruptcy, Bank Rupture looks at the aftermath of the economic crisis through a city caught in the crush. Inspired by the Dust Bowl photographs of the Great Depression, the work reflects on a landscape and it's people awash in crime, economic devastation, and hopelessness. The three chapters in my series The Great Recession represent home, industry, and government. Bank Rupture, the companion piece and denouement to my recession work, reflects on people. Specifically the city and citizens of Stockton as they struggle to survive in the wake of the worst economic crisis of our lifetime.

With Thanks,

Kirk Crippens


Current Exhibitions

KALA Art Institute

Kala-fornia, State of the Art 3
 Prayer Closet
Curated by Andrea Voinot

Berkeley, CA

Transmission Gallery

A Trapped in Your Mind Feeling
Mary Elizabeth Moves
Curated by Lucy Puls with an Essay by Heidi De Vries

Oakland, CA

Southwestern College Gallery
Cheerful and Heroic: Eight Perspectives on the Art of Failure
Judgment Day
Curated by Lauren Lockhart

Chula Vista, CA

Recent Media



7x7 Magazine

Faith is Torment

SFMOMA Artists Gallery

Recent Honors

Newspace Center for Photography
Portland, OR

Pro Arts
Nominated for 2 x 2 Solos
Oakland, CA
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