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Friday, March 3, 2017
Doug Aitken built a small ranch style suburban American house
cradled in the base of the mountains in Palm Springs.
Composed of mirrored surfaces,
the surroundings are reflected and the structure is camouflaged.
The effect is at times disorienting,
for the mind can not process what it is seeing.
Aitken reconfigured the idea the suburban ranch home,
prolific in post WWII American suburbs,
by removing the inhabitants and their possessions.
Inside, the reflective surfaces create a kaleidoscopic effect intended to evoke confusion rather than comfort.
I loved it, in spite of the discomfort and would love to spend 24 hours watching the light and landscape shift in the house's reflection.
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