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From its origins, the suburban world of leisure, family life, and union with nature was based on the principle of exclusion. Work was excluded from the family residence and the greenery of suburbia stood in contrast to a grey polluted urban environment. Suburbia can thus be defined first by what it includes; middle class residences and second by what it excludes; all industry, most commerce except for enterprises that specifically serve a residential area, and all lower class residences (except for servants). - Robert Fishman- (1987) Bourgeois Utopias: Visions of Suburbia from Bourgeois Utopias: The Rise and Fall of Suburbia, Basic Books, New York, pp.22.
There are many ideologies surrounding the nature of suburbia. It has been said that suburbia was the inevitable response of the middle class to the conditions of the Industrial Revolution. Alternatively, many have suggested that it was a cultural creation, a conscious decision imposed to capitalize on the cultural values of the "American Dream". Despite the conflicts involving its origins, the narrative of suburbia has become synonymous with the desire for a 'marriage of town and country", a picturesque environment that allows one to separate the stresses of daily labor from domestic life. Although suburbia was primarily offered as an escape to the manifold problems of urban living, its allure has come under recent critique with the recognition of new problems specific to the suburban condition, namely urban sprawl. There have been many possible solutions suggested including creating a denser typography, transforming the way we travel and conceive of maneuvering through space, and building communities which address conservation and self-reliance.
In the exhibition cut out, both established and emerging artists explore the constructs of suburban and urban realities, myths and misconceptions using found objects, painting and installation. Through the omission of data the ideologies surrounding suburban culture are re-contextualized by examining such topics as the house, domesticity, consumerism, public space, invisibility, isolation, homogeneity, nostalgia, paradox and the surreal.