After graduating from The School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Photography in 2004, Yvonne Albinowski began exploring American landscape and subcultures with a focus on abandoned desert towns. Her images have been exhibited in numerous galleries in and around NYC including both the Claire Oliver and ZieherSmith galleries located in Chelsea.
Of this series, ‘Slab City, California’, she writes, ‘Nestled three miles east of Hwy 111, at the foothills of the Chocolate Mountains in the Colorado Desert, lies a small community of year round campers called Slab City. This area was the site of Camp Dunlap originally constructed in 1942 as marine barracks for WW2. The only evidence of its existence are the concrete slabs that remain on the site. Slab City, has undoubtedly become a domicile for wayfarers of all walks of life. It is an area of land that belongs to the state, but has evidently been disregarded and therefore has become a place to settle for free. With no running water and no electricity, the people of The Slabs have been forced to subsist with the basic necessities and have taken no more and no less. They focus on generating solar power, creating earthquake monitors, and speaking eloquently about ambitions, dreams, and what once was. It is a place to be heard and not heard at the same time. Solidarity, peace, and human expression radiate throughout this forlorn land and the sheer magnificence of the days last sign of sunlight embraces you much like the residents who live there’.