Processed Views by Lindsay Lochman and Barbara Ciurej


Processed Views interprets the frontier of industrial food production: the seductive and alarming intersection of nature and technology. As we move further away from the sources of our food, we head into uncharted territory replete with unintended consequences for the environment and for our health.

In our commentary on processed foods, we reference the work of Carleton Watkins (1829-1916). His sublime photographic views framed the American West as a land of endless possibilities and significantly influenced the creation of the first national parks. Watkins' photographs were also commissioned by the corporate interests of the day; railroad, mining, lumber and milling. His work served as both documentation of and advertisement for the American West. Watkins' images upheld the popular 19th century notion of Manifest Destiny – America's bountiful land, inevitably and justifiably utilized by its citizens.

We built these views to examine consumption, progress and the changing landscape.

Artist Bio

Since they first met as students at the Institute of Design in Chicago in 1977, Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman have been collaborating on photographic projects. Their work chronicles the confluence of history, myth and popular culture as these forces shape our understanding of personal experience; from adolescence to motherhood to aging. As an extension of their examination of the domestic landscape, their current work explores the politics and psychology of food. They have exhibited work in the US and internationally. Their photographs are in the collections of Art Institute of Chicago; Milwaukee Art Museum; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and Yale Center for British Art, New Haven. Their recent work, Processed Views: Surveying the Industrial Landscape was published online by CNN, BBC, WAPO, The New Yorker and venues worldwide. Ciurej commutes between Chicago and Milwaukee. Lochman resides in Milwaukee, teaching at the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee.