Sixty-Six Places I Can’t Get Married is a haunting photographic look into the wedding chapels of Las Vegas, through the eyes of a gay American who is banned from being married in any of them.
In these photographs, the Las Vegas chapels—icons of easy-access marriage for decades—become more like funeral parlors. Empty, desolate and drained of color, they highlight not the joys of matrimony, but the disenfranchisement of the homosexual community from legally recognized marriage and from society itself.
These large-scale, hyper-detailed images preserve the quirky, gauche qualities of each chapel while conveying an overwhelming sense of loss and detachment. Impulsive marriage—that dubious joy that remains the province of straight people only—is viewed with a sharp, heartbreaking longing in these elegiac photographs. The viewer, like the artist himself, becomes a voyeur left out in the cold, disinvited to the party, watching, wanting and waiting for that which he cannot have.
The collection includes images of every public wedding chapel in Las Vegas, many of which are now off-limits to photographers.
30x40, editions of 101, signed & numbered
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