While exploring California in 1974, photographer William Abbott was drawn not to the Golden State’s immaculate architecture, but rather to the dilapidated structures scattered between: deserted establishments, homes, and belongings that alluded to the past. Though Abbott did not know it at the time, these ruins would become the focus of his ongoing body of work entitled Broken and Abandoned: Surviving Traces. This collection includes hundreds of images detailing the artist’s nationwide exploration for the neglected structures he believes preserve an essence of Americana. As a competing artist at this year’s ArtFields (Lake City, SC’s, annual nine-day celebration of art in the Southeast), Abbott will be showing his photograph Life Without Television?—an image of Greenville that speaks to a part of American history abandoned by everything but time.
William Abbott’s work will be on display at Jones Carter Gallery, located at 105 Henry St, Lake City, SC, from April 25–May 2, as part of the Artfields festival. You can find Abbott’s work locally in the lobby of 400 Rhett (400 Rhett St, Greenville), where he is showing a collection of photographic studies of the Liberty Bridge.