This series of large color photographs, entitled Some Islands, are partially literal in nature because they document actual structures that exist and have an affinity to the New Topographics because of a shared interest in the built environment. However, they are also somewhat invented in that they are reductions of what was originally photographed in the full frame. This results in a lone parking lot island in the midst of an empty white field. By doing this I hope to endow these pictures with an ambivalent subjectivity which represents a conflicted relationship to this environment - one imbued with humor and pathos.
There is no doubt that many suburbs are problematic environments with an often times forced dependence on the automobile being a primary issue. This leads to greater fossil fuel consumption, increased environmental pollution, and a more sedentary lifestyle. It also affects the ways in which we interact with others. And, yet, the suburbs have a rational, ordered beauty that one could appreciate just as one could value Minimalist sculpture with its geometric, mass-produced forms.
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