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Freedomland

Freedomland
Keith Krumwiede
Opening: Saturday, February 4, 6:00 p.m.
February 4- February 19

Freedomland is a case of architectural satire attuned to the present realities of politics and economics. Following both Jefferson and Hamilton, Freedomland is the latest in a long line of visionary plans for American living. It is an experiment in reconciling the seeminglyincompatible needs and desires that define our current economic, environmental, and, most importantly, political climate. In one bold, absurdist move, Freedomland colonizes the super grid that blankets America, attempting in the process to solve every problem, please every citizen. Like the work of a benevolent (or perhaps delusional) dictator, it seeks to accommodate every wish, every desire, no matter how contradictory and to combine them in a master plan that sets out a beautiful, if seemingly naïve, vision for a better and more harmonious world.

In Freedomland then, the American Dream—battered by, even if ultimately responsible for, recent economic events—confronts the reality of increasingly scarce resources; Tea Party populism meets landscape urbanism; communism infiltrates capitalism; consumerist single-family houses construct communalist phalansteries; local produce feeds global markets; and Hamilton’s central authority reconciles with Jefferson’s citizen farmer.

Freedomland is a fiction, of course, a work of architectural satire with no pretense toward implementation. In as much as it is the bastard lovechild of Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier—think Broadacre City meets the Ville Contemporaine with a dash of Ebenezer Howard’s Garden City thrown in for good measure—there is a key difference. Freedomland is problem seeking not problem solving, diagnostic not prescriptive. It builds its grand vision from the basic, eminently American unit of the single-family house, working up and out by uploading conflicting desires and visions to clarify the issues—socially, environmentally, and, ultimately architecturally—that confront us at this particular moment in time. As in the best satire, stones are thrown not with malice but with great affection and hope.

Opening | Saturday, February 4, 2012 – 6-8 p.m.
Gallery Hours| Thursday 1–8 p.m. & Friday-Sunday 1–6 p.m.

WUHO | 6518 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

 

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