Suburban Development, Las Vegas in Jell-O

 

I created a video and a site-specific sculpture mapping suburban neighborhoods of Las Vegas for Off the Map at the Kirkland Art Center in Kirkland, WA. The small suburban houses, made of gelatin (in different stages of dehydration), were installed directly onto the inside surface of the large gallery windows. During this exhibition, viewers from both outside and within the gallery could observe the streets of illuminated houses as they continued to shrink and decay.


I also played footage during the exhibition, which showed the desert near Las Vegas being overtaken by hundreds of tiny houses, which shrivel up and are replaced by new, bigger houses, pushing the old structures aside. I took advantage of the fugitive nature of gelatin to comment on the nature of suburban growth and the housing economy in Las Vegas.

 

Watch the video here.

© 2018 by Liz Hickok

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