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Title
Bankrupt Developer Homes, Apple Valley, MN
Artist
Chris Faust
Date
1991
Dimensions
sheet 15.5 × 41.875 inches
Materials
black-and-white photograph
Location
Not on view

Object Details

Type
Photographs (Photographs)
Accession Number
1999.35
Edition
not editioned
Inscriptions
in black ink on reverse BR “Chris Faust 1991”; in black ink on reverse BL “Bankrupt Developer Homes, Apple Valley, MN
Physical Description
An image of newly constructed vacant homes.
Credit Line
Justin Smith Purchase Fund, 1999

object label Chris Faust, The Edge, Eden Prairie, MN (1990) and Bankrupt Developer Homes, Apple Valley, MN (1991) Walker Art Center, 2000

Chris Faust, a Twins Cities-based artist, was trained as a biologist before turning to black-and-white photography in the mid-1980s. Through stark images, he investigates the geographic expressions of contemporary environmental values and priorities. He has pursued themes such as wilderness ecology, the loss of Midwestern grain elevators, Lake Superior ore boats, and suburban sprawl.

These photographs are part of The Suburban Documentation Project, which Faust began with landscape architect Frank Edgerton Martin in 1990. This project documents urban sprawl–the ways in which middle-American cities are developing third-, fourth-, and even fifth-ring suburbs that eat away farmland with the building of mass-produced housing and strip malls. The link between these new developments is the centrality of the car and the freeway in the lives of residents and the very shaping of the land, a particularly American concern.

In Faust’s photographs, taken with a specialized panorama or “banquet format” camera, the human presence is often absent, which gives the images a detached or even eerie sensibility. The houses in Bankrupt Developer Homes, Apple Valley, MN almost look like facades on a Hollywood movie set, while The Edge, Eden Prairie, MN shows the sharp divide between what has been and what is coming in metropolitan growth. The artist says, “The artifacts of what people do are important to me, not necessarily the people themselves.”

Label text for Chris Faust, The Edge, Eden Prairie, MN (1990) and Bankrupt Developer Homes, Apple Valley, MN (1991), from the exhibition State of the Art: Recent Gifts and Acquisitions, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, July 22-October 8, 2000.

Copyright 2000 Walker Art Center