Bill's World

Owens offers a look at our New Suburbia

Back in the 1970s it was all black and white, wasn't it? Everyone was listening to ELO and Supertramp, eating fast food only on special occasions and watching Sleestaks on Land of the Lost. And Bill Owens was literally shooting the black and white of it all for his photographic series and book Suburbia, a look at the oddities of everyday life. Owens' legendary Suburbia included shots of time on the front yard playground or strange architectural placements that today seem so much like our own family photo albums it's surreal. But Owens didn't stop there. Now that our economy is in the red and the environmental angle has everything going green, it seems appropriate he's working in color...but still offering that iconic Owens view of "common" life. The malls, homes and simple cultural changes of New Suburbia are transformed into art through his lens. And make for quite the game of compare/contrast next to Suburbia. Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery features Owens' New Suburbia (and celebrates this year's release of his two books Working and Bill Owens) through January 3. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Call 214-969-1852 or visit pdnbgallery.com.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Starts: Dec. 2. Continues through Feb. 21, 2008
 
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