I see the sparse mesa landscapes of the Llano Estacado region as a reflection of the character of the people who occupy it. This area of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico is drying up, dying as a result of aquifer depletion. Fast becoming vast wastelands, farmland has become unproductive and populations are moving to urban centers.
The future of a significant region of the Great Plains appears to be in serious jeopardy. The Llano’s contradictions combine complex intertwined environmental, social, and economic crisis with flat geographic space, time, and simple quiet. Like all good places you can learn a lot about where you are, and why, from their names: New Deal, New Home, Levelland, Goodland, Grassland, Muleshoe, White Deer, Nazareth, Happy, Wayside, Halfway, Needmore, Progress, Longview, Plainview, Shallowater, Sweetwater, Blackwater, Cotton Center, Justiceburg, Texline.
In the future places, such as the Llano Estacado region tend to become markers of missed opportunities to correct our ways. I hope to preserve a few of those indicators through my photographs.
Andrew Liccardo (DeKalb, IL) has exhibited his work in both solo and group exhibitions including ones at the Houston Center for Photography, the Southern Light Gallery at Amarillo College in Amarillo, TX; the Focus Gallery at the Witte Museum in San Antonio, TX; the New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts in Summit, NJ; and in Young Photography: Multiple Expressions, which traveled to the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, the UB Anderson Gallery at the University of Buffalo, and the Grossman Gallery at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA. He received a Kimmel Nelson Harding Artist Residency in 2006 and has been a visiting artist at Kingwood College, Kingwood TX and Montana State University in Bozeman, MT. Liccardo has also lectured at various Society for Photographic Education conferences. Liccardo holds an MFA from the Texas Tech University and a BA from Loyala University of Chicago and his work is included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University.