Unreal City, Unreal Country
Exhibited @ www.gallerythe.org
November 10 through December 20, 2009
The stability of the landscape beneath our feet is a constant that we
all take for granted. It is the template for all existence and culture. Yet
due to today’s selling, reselling, and speculation we find ourselves
experiencing an uncertainty about land use not seen in our country since
Each unique in their approach, Christine Rogers, Tiana Peterson, Carl
Gunhouse and Lauren Portada all deal with the current state of landscape:
the seduction of the suburban, our utopian ideals, the realities of
development, and the erosion of our hopes and dreams.
Christine Rogers directly addresses the promise offered by a land lot
with a home, the assurance that once purchased, a home will provide a
lasting sense of security, a comfortable framework for personal and
family happiness. Her photographs lovingly depict the sunny, soft-focus
fantasy that suburbia promise residents.
Tiana Peterson’s collages of Frank Gehry’s architectural pop-up books
present an ideal artistic vision of land use, where we find a deconstructed
landscape inhabited by undulating architectural sleights of hand, poetic
references to Gehry’s work.
Carl Gunhouse makes landscape photographs of housing developments
to confront the stark reality that the suburban ideal is vanishing. The
security once assured with a home outside the city has morphed into
a blind alley of devalued homes and insurmountable debt.
Lauren Portada’s paintings depict a space of post-apocalyptic wilderness.
Her dark, murky, and unrecognizable landscapes depict the fear that these
once promising ideal neighborhoods will be abandoned, becoming a
wasteland of unfinished roads and overgrown lots.