Jeremiah Ariaz is a confident photographer. …Ariaz connects this modern heritage pastime with the equestrian cultures of the American West, which Louisiana was once part of; until 1845, going west from Louisiana meant you crossed an international border. The images are, in many ways, “Western”—Stetsons perch atop heads; a young woman with an impressive belt buckle gazed into the distance, with the narrow-eyed self-assurance of a movie gunslinger. The pictures are much more than postcards from the eastern edge of the West, though. Ariaz’s unfailing eye catches a woman absently caressing a horse’s neck and a row of feet in boots and flip-flops dangling over the edge of a truck bed. They are beautiful and, as Ariaz must have been pleased to realize as he assembled his book, nearly impossible to do justice to with words. - Chris Turner Neal, Our 2018 Book Recommendations, Country Roads, November 2018.
One of the memorizing qualities of photography is its ability to capture and hold a specific place in a specific time. Jeremiah Ariaz's series of color photographs - named after the vanishing town they document, Tucumcari, N.M. - weaves this deep-rooted tradition into a vibrant, contemporary aesthetic. A Town severely crippled by the recession, Tucumcari remains a visual Candyland. Ariaz interprets its color, shapes and formal relationships with a sense of pure poetry, but his poignant series represents more than just a city in flux -- it speaks to a broader aspect of the human condition. On one level, we can all identity with that sinking feeling of being caught between a vanishing future past and an uncertain future. - Sara Estes, Nashville Scene, 2013.
Especially memorable among them were Ariaz's photographs. These are images that – by means of pondered color, shape, and space – manage to convey the fragility of urban culture, and by extension, fragility of all human ambition. In Main Street, Night View, Ariaz wields these formal elements to excruciating effect. You grasp the lyricism of his design – the color deadened by shadow, the jutting silhouettes at the skyline, the rhyming arches – but his sense of human loss falls upon you too. You know that this ghost town was, at one time, a place of hope.
More affecting, still, is his Tucumcari Inn, a shot of the entry of a somnolent motel. The composition is suffused with symbolist moodiness. And there are two figures here, seated inside, their faces numbed with resignation. In spite of this, or because of it, Ariaz tempts in the high – lyricism again; the whole is a plane of rich color, magenta and deep olive green. Thus, he submits the paradox: the bleak reality, the optimizing veil. – Terrington Calas, New Orleans Art Review: A Journal of Analysis, 2014.
The photographs … suggest that people and places are symbiotic systems that shape each other fundamentally. Focusing on one town in the Southwest, Ariaz glimpses the constant interlacing of the area's real and ideal landscape in the daily lives of its people. Lisa Hosterler, curator of photographs at the Milwaukee Art Museum
What Kansas shares with Louisiana is a profound sense of place as a crossroads etched with the pathos of conflicting as well as complementary interests, the blood and tears of history spilled in obscure byways, a terrain etched with meanings that transcend most theories of contemporary art and politics. - Eric Bookhardt, Gambit Weekly, 2008
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