CARL BEAN-LARSON

CBL

CARL BEAN-LARSON

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This work examines the aesthetics and politics of urban development in San Francisco.

Removed from the construction site and sidewalk, these “pictures” become a visual synecdoche for the charged issues of gentrification and the social and economic divide that now typify San Francisco.

On close inspection, these “pictures” reveal themselves to be every bit as constructed as the buildings and society that they depict. Libraries of anonymous silhouetted portraits, signifiers, and renderings are thoughtfully composed into stylish neighborhoods and offices; each component suggesting a detailed process to cultivate a sense of both desire and inclusion for those who can afford it.

I’m interested in the tension between the act of designing these images, their flattened physicality, and the inherently political nature of their posting in public spaces.

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