Stone refers to the collection of photographs as “an outsider’s poetic field guide to living in Texas.” The show is arranged in clusters like chapters in the guide, with Stone acting as editor. Editing is central to “Highway 71 Revisited,” as these selections are culled from over 1500 photographs taken since his return. Here the camera’s neutral treatment of all subjects is interrupted by the artist’s interpretation and presentation, which creates connections between the photographs on both formal and conceptual grounds. While these connections are readily apparent and striking, the photographer purposely leaves narratives vague and open to the viewer’s own experience.
Accompanying the photographs is an editioned “mix tape” and a selection of old record sleeves altered with Stone’s photographs.