Keith Stanton
photo-based mixed media artist
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My latest series of images entitled "Exemption From Occupation," explores the definition of leisure.  I am investigating issues related to the American middle-class through representations of the suburban backyard.  My direct influence is the advertising and marketing materials produced by manufacturers of backyard lifestyle products.

My photographs are grounded in my curiosity with the post-modern critique of material wealth as a sign of achieving the "American Dream" because this same "American Dream" highlights a lost sense of individuality, work ethic, thrift and craftsmanship in America.  To achieve these images, I create by hand mixed media sculptural still-lives of everyday suburban occurrences and then photograph to illustrate my point of view.  My intention is to entice the viewer into examining the underlying forces and accepted assumptions which shape everyday life.

My choices in colors are part organic; part synthetic, yet distinctly artificial.  I use an architect's scale during construction of the still-lives to retain visual proportion.  Also, by shooting the photographs with a macro lens, I am able to control the scale of the image and allow the viewer to expand their world view beyond the facades within suburbia.


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