Where we live is sold to us in the form of a cultural rhetoric of desire. The generic
deadpan quality of real estate photo advertisements invite the viewer/buyer to project their own fantasies onto the property. The end result is that the hype of realty sales language is often in direct opposition to the actual nature of the thing itself. Our collective dream-wish for a utopian domesticity breaks with our past and returns to an even more distant past. Rich with cultural memory, myth and symbol, these wish-images penetrate our unconscious, leaving us with a fetish dream-symbol of the happy home within a class society
In these works, the banal quality of the newspaper sources are contrasted with the preciousness and ethereality of the hand made originals. The images float in space, making reference to early daguerreotype photography, Thrift store frames evoke interior design colors and an aesthetic of desperation.
Like an archeological site, residential architecture includes notions of left over commodities and recalls mythic origins of our Western civilization. English Tudor, Neoclassicism, Cape Cod and Western Country along with all their cultural mythology, are a kind of "skin" or container in which the owner wraps himself, identifying with their implied social evolution These homes represent scenes of the kind of domesticity we long for. The dream still resonates, even in the current crisis of bankruptcy, foreclosure and homelessness.
Artist Bio / CV
BFA Art Center Collage of Design, Pasadena, CA.
MFA University Of California Santa Barbara, CA.
2010 No $ Down, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno
2009 No $ Down, Lightbox Gallery, Culver City, CA.
Mid Century Wow, Heather James Gallery, Palm Desert
2006 Trans – Ethnic, Nathan Larramendy Gallery, Ojai, CA
2004 Reading Faces, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
Reading Faces, Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA.
2003 The Portrait Under Surveillance, Contemporary Arts Forum,
Santa Barbara, CA.
2000 Home, Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA. Juried by
Ann Philbin, UCLA Armand Hammer Museum
1999 Deconstructing the Gaze, University of Calif. Santa Barbara,
2009 LookySee, Otis College of Art and Design, LA, CA
Draw the Line, Laura Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica CA
2008 Blown Away, Krannert Art Museum, University of Ill.
Nature Morte/Dead Nature, Rohrer Gallery, CA
Looky See, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis Art Institute, CA
2009 Allison Gibson, art ltd. Magazine, No $ Down
Sasha Bergstrom-Katz, ARTslant, No $ Down
2008 Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, Around the Galleries
Madeline Harmon, Los Angeles Loyolan, Take a look-see at Looky See
Cynthia Valdez, THE Magazine, Looky See: A Summer Show
2006 Josef Woodard, Art Week, Trans-Ethnic
Peter Frank, Art On Paper, Draw, Paper, Scissors
Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, What this Group Can Do with Paper
Josef Woodard, Santa Barbara News Press, Trans-Ethnic
2005 Laurence Rickels, artUS Magazine, The Portrait Under Surveillance
2004 Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, In the Thick of Things
Josef Woodard, Santa Barbara News Press, Facing the
21c Museum, Louisville, KY
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Fanny May Corporation
Chicago Art Institute