John Kirchner: Redux
The Redux series is comprised of ten images photographed over the past two years of new suburban home construction in America. These ten images are John Kirchner's straight-on assessment of what is accepted between builders and buyers in the current marketplace.
There is something about these desultory expressions that caused Kirchner to take a closer look why they affected him so strongly. With real estate as among the most lucrative professions, it is no wonder that the last great open-land grab continues on unabated despite an overwhelming acknowledgement of the negative overall impact of this kind of unrestricted development. These architect-less, culturally generic products of the developer/builder are a direct reflection of the aspirations of society.
It's as if there has been a tacit consensus that a quasi-colonial should be the chosen design that is repeated ad nauseam. The concept of the single-family detached home, the icon of the family unit, has been demographically shaped into a type that strives for the same set of floor plans and elevations that still make the garage the largest room in the house.
Try as the artist might to see the good and the beautiful it just appears to be getting more mindless.