New Work by Todd Baxter:
Project Astoria: Test 01 is an introduction to the people, animals, and objects of the Astoria System, the retro-futuristic backdrop for Baxter’s upcoming exploration of dystopia and coming-of-age.
The Astoria System, discovered hidden within our own solar system by an amateur astronomer in Astoria, Illinois, in the 1920s, includes a dwarf planet and its moons. Two of the moons, named for the astronomer's daughters, Vivian and Elsae, are later found to be habitable and are colonized by a hopeful multinational expedition from our world not long after Neil Armstrong takes his first steps on Earth's moon.
Fifteen years later, Earth has all but abandoned the utopian colonization effort, where the first generation of Astorian youth are ascending into adulthood. The images follow them as they explore and grow in their world, more familiar to them than Earth could ever be. Future installations will tell the story of our young heroes as they survive the tangled world of adolescence only to be thrust into adulthood at the very moment Project Astoria is coming undone.
Moving between the surreal feeling of a fairy tale and something more comfortable and deceptively mundane, Project Astoria takes Baxter's unique visions to an ambitious new level. Project Astoria will be developed over the coming years.