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sarah mckenzie

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[crane, 2007, oil on canvas|aerial #69, 2004, oil on canvas]

Sarah McKenzie’s paintings of wood frame houses, cul de sacs and suburban developments.  They seem to merely document, but we’re too literate for that, with all the talk of sustainable life.  By her own admission they show more than beauty:  hints of distopia.

From her website –

At this point, my work is only minimally about suburbia. Tract homes and strip malls provide the fodder for the paintings and help to place them in a specific cultural moment in time, but the work is ultimately about paint and the nature of pictures. To the extent that my paintings still comment on suburbia, it is through the moments of visual rupture described above, which may be interpreted as revealing cracks in the suburban American dream.

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Written by Peter Rudd

April 6, 2009 at 10:31 am

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