Friday, January 27, to Friday, February 24, KOA Art Gallery, Blaisdell Hall
Gallery Talk: Friday, January 27, Noon – 12:30 p.m.
Webb/Bradford Forest Rehearsal Hall (Room 138), Blaisdell Hall
Opening Reception: Friday, January 27, 2012, 12:30 – 1 p.m.
KOA Speer Electronics Lobby, Blaisdell Hall
The context of this exhibit is rooted in mid-20th-century suburban America, but it is
emblematic of the values of American idealism, optimism and consumerism. This same
environment, however, suggests both conformity and complacency, qualities at odds
with the suburb as a manifestation of the American dream. However, it is from this
conflict of meanings that a mythology arises, and it is this invention that provides the
basis for this work. The suburban mythos is composed of low-slung ranch homes, a
choir of mowers on Saturday mornings, station wagons, Slow: Children at Play, and sunburns
and cigarettes without concern; it is aprons, football in the street, baseball anywhere, 8mm
movies, good guys and bad guys, consumption and obsolescence. New construction is
unquestionably great. The reality lies somewhere between the myth and forgetting.