Inside Out: Paintings
Artspace Books, 2006 - Art - 56 pages
A meditation on the dilemmas and desires for home that combines the writings of art critic and cultural historian Rebecca Solnit with painter Stefan K]rten's lush images of domestic interiors, buildings and landscapes. Solnit reflects on emotional privatization, real-estate fetishism, and aesthetic pleasure, while Kurten's paintings of stale bourgeois interiors and suburban homes project a dogged attempt to make life perfect, at least on the surface. His armchairs, teapots and planter boxes suggest that we are living in a peculiar state of safety and bliss. Together, the text and images question the equation of ideal houses with ideal lives, the images that shape our perception of childhood, and our notion of a fulfilled adulthood.
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270 cm PLATE Achilles afraid to leave ANNE MacDONALD arrival ARTISTS ARTSPACE BOOKS Barnacle beautiful become bedroom body booming cake canvas 59 canvas 75 carpet Circe clocks cm END color communal dark Decor desire dismantled dollhouse domestic space drama dream empire endlessly female FICTION floor garden gesso on canvas getting and spending home entertainment home improvement homemaker III I III imagine inches indeterminate space inside Iron Guard kitchen leisure LePrince let children living loom magazine male mansion marriage Martha Stewart modern version move nice NUMBERS Odysseus oil and pigmented oil on canvas Omnimedia oval table painting Penelope peonies PHOTOGRAPHS pigmented gesso pink pleasure pool potted plants realm REBECCA SOLNIT repaint seems sexuality side table social STEFAN KURTEN Stewart's world stone suitors TEXT Tortoise unknown and indeterminate wall wallpaper wide plank window frame women