CAN YOU FIND THE HOME IN THIS PICTURE? Introducing Lisa Dahl. The answer is revealed below the jump... as well as more of Dahl's houses (and even mattresses in honor of AT's Bedroom Month and, um, the need for super secure places to stash your money in this economic climate).
House Camouflage with Red Maple, 20 x 30 inches, acrylic on photograph, 2008.
See the house now? Dahl's work has for years been exploring the cultural icon of the suburban home, and "tacitly addressing the 'American Dream' and its discontents." Using her own photographs and found photography of homes in their landscape, she transforms them in a variety of ways, flattening houses to their essential shape in flat color, or glitter, or wall paper. In her words, this "allows the images to read still as recognizable forms, but the new structures have no means of entry – no sense of the comfort we equate with the homes of our dreams."
House Camouflage with Red Maple, Detail. 20 x 30 inches
Cotton Candy Pink, 5 x 8 inches, acrylic on magazine, 2005
Medium Magenta, acrylic and collaged laser prints on Rives BFK paper, 2007.
Medium Magenta (detail), acrylic and collaged laser prints on Rives BFK paper, 2007.
Violet Glitter, 5 x 7 inches, acrylic and glitter on photograph, 2006
And this one is below is 1 of 40, from her series The MacDowell Colony Project, where she documented all 40 of the artist colony's studios.
Seafoam, 7 x 10 inches, wallpaper on color inkjet print, 2007
Last but not least, here are images from Dahl's new book (and series of prints) Discarded Dreams A Year of Mattresses.
Watson Studio, 4 x 5.5 inches, acrylic on color photograph, 2006
Blue Mattress. C-print.
Inquiries about the works featured here? Please contact the artist directly via email or visit her site to see more work. The Discarded Dreams book is available here. Know any artists whose work would make a home a lovelier place? Send ideas to The Gallery. Thanks!