From Part one:
I mentioned in the previous post that I am moving, and as that is on my mind, I wanted to bring you all some artwork that has to do with houses. Moving isn’t really fun, or easy, but looking at this work is. I found so many options, that we will have two showings, or open houses if you will. I hope, as usual, that these are inspiring, and I encourage you to take a look at the full portfolios of these artists.
For this installment, I have artists that are brand new to me, and as usual, I am here to share them with you. Today we start with Mrs James Ward Thorne, or Narcissa Ward Thorne as she was also known. Actually, no, let’s actually start with an image of her work.
That is not a photograph. Or a painting. That is a sculpture. At a scale of one inch equals one foot. They are exact replicas of real rooms in real houses that helped define the eras that each home came from. Thorne worked in the 1920′s and 30′s and her amazing work made her famous by the 40′s. Her work is now on display at the Art Institute of Chicago.
The full collection can be seen here.
Second up is Carsten Güth. I came across his work by way of the wonderful The Fox Is Black. Güth is a graphic designer, and has a degree in architecture. He also helped create Spacialforces, a think-tank that is based upon architectural and social issues. The work in particular that interests me for this post is a series of photographs called Private Bunker. As you will see, they are photos of houses with all of the doors, windows, and any openings whatsoever digitally removed. In doing so, Güth has radically changed what a house means. These suburban homes are surrounded by other homes, other people, and really the visual narrative can go either way from here: either the houses have closed themselves off to the people around them, or the residents of the home have closed themselves off. No matter how you look at it, it is at least a little unsettling, almost absurd. That being said, they are mesmerizing to look at.
View the whole set here.
Third is Anton Van Hertbruggen with an illustration titled, Memories of a Suburban Utopia. The illustration is meant to show the stories that happen behind the curtain of carefully trimmed bushes and white picket fences. I love the illustration style, and the dreamlike craziness of it all. Not sure I want to move into this suburb, but I am sure Van Hertbruggen would say that this is all suburbs. In that case, bring it on. You can buy the illustration in concertina book form here.
Check out his website here.
Emily Rogers is up next. She is currently teaching at the Santa Catalina School in Monterey, CA. Her series, Imprints, is what I am showing you today. These photos, more than any other work that I have shown—with the exception of Mike Bayne’s work—speak to my situation of looking for a home. Real images of real places, that have stories, but real stories. What happened to the carpet by the door in the third picture to make it discolored like that? Who has been in that empty room in the fourth picture? How many dishes have been washed in that sink? The fact there is no people in these photos of rooms that have obviously been touched by human lives intrigues me more than I can say.
Stacy Swiderski is last up for this series, and like Emily Rogers she is showing us homes with her photographs. Her series, Suburban Nights, is an exploration of the suburban lifestyle and how suburbanites define themselves as based upon how they adorn their homes on the outside. The pictures are taken at night so that we can see the living environment, devoid of people, so that we may draw conclusions based upon what suburbanites create for themselves and leave outside.
That is it for this Home series, I hope that we have found a bunch of new artists, and that maybe we have all put some more thought into our current (or soon to be past) homes and maybe found some inspiration. Do you know of more work that would fit this series? Do you have work that you would like to submit? I would love to hear some response to the series in the comments.