ArtScene by Genie Davis
Ray Carofano’s black and white images are culled in the Mojave, thematically exploring independence and isolation, the sense of loss at the dissolution of an American dream. Infused with light, but often depicting desolate images, Carofano’s work aches with loss and the revival of hope. Carofano focuses our attention on a church with a broken steeple or a filled-in swimming pool with an abandoned trailer. Graffiti on its wall reads “This is the Land of Broken Dreams.” Haunting and beautifully nuanced, the series documents a forgotten and forsaken landscape.