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The Edge, Eden Prairie, MN
Chris Faust
sheet 15-5/8 × 41-½ inches
black-and-white photograph
Not on view

Object Details

Photographs (Photographs)
Accession Number
not editioned
in black ink on reverse BR “Chris Faust 1990”; in black ink on reverse BL “The Edge, Eden Prairie, MN”
Physical Description
An image of a prairie bordered by the manicured lawn of an apartment building.
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.

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