Deadvertising , which can be pronounced as either “de-advertising” or “dead-vertising” is a series of photographs taken by Duane between 2008-2013.
Examining the prevalence of blank naked spaces once occupied by advertisements and draws attention to the eeriness of moving through the city under the hollow presence of these absences.
These anti-monuments to consumerism permeate our landscape in their various shapes, sizes and states of decay. Some shamelessly exhibit traces of their pasts. Others cry out in desperation that they are still relevant and capable evangelists for hire.
Does their influence still affect us when they are denuded, neutered of their power as spectacle? Do they mirror our desires for personal space and privacy? Do they secretly please a subconscious aethetic sensibility - a kenophilic comfort in broad, blank spaces? Do they still impact our subconscious as powerfully as advertising? What is being deadvertised?