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February 20, 2008

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Chris Ballantyne
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The exhibit I went to at the Walker was about suburbia, which of course I would love to see artistic critiques of. There were some amazing works in the exhibit including one showing a garden growing on the walls inside of a house. But I opted for this piece instead because it was able to say so much while still remaining very simplistic. It shows a small grove of trees on a patch of grass in the center, this is drawn with a limited color scheme and makes the trees look like they were bitmapped. Solid white lines are drawn protruding from each corner placing the grove in a parking lot! I thought this was really clever, because it so clearly and simply shows the commoditization in our culture. We have done this so much that nature has ceased to be the norm rather it is used as an escape from our world, or in this case just a aesthetic accessory to our modern life.