January 1, 2008

Walker Art Center

The exhibits Worlds Away featured works inspired by suburbia that show the
good and bad of the urban sprawl that is now happening. Chris Ballantyne’s
(2003) untitled (Berm) takes the side that urbanization is bad. His painting
shows a small patch of trees surrounded by a parking lot on all four sides.
Urban sprawl is defiantly taking more and more land everyday. This painting
highlights our priorities, and obviously the people making the decisions
choose that parking is more important than the wilderness. The idea is
further highlighted because the painting is done on a piece of wood. It
seemed to me that this represented that the trees have long been paved over
and were used for other things, like mulch for the new building that stands
there, or for the canvas that depicted that they once existed.