04 Jan '12, 6pm

Photographer turns unrelenting boringness of suburbia into art:

Photographer turns unrelenting boringness of suburbia into art:

Jason Griffiths is an assistant professor of design at Arizona State, and apparently living in the middle of all that desert sprawl got to him after a while. In the early aughts he jumped into a car, drove all over the country, and made a discovery so banal it’s practically a tautology: Suburbia is the same everywhere. Except, because he's a photographer and he's been steeped in design thinking and this is what artists do, Griffiths managed to turn his sojourn into a book called Manifest Destiny: A Guide to the Essential Indifference of American Suburban Housing . It's a collection of photos and artspeak word salad that might just make you think a little more deeply about the hypnotic sameness of the sprawltopia that most of us call home. From his essay on the project, at Design Observer : "At this stage the building is in its most homogenous state, exposing a fundamental ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2012-01-04-photographer-turns-u...

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