PRINT September 2010

Tom Burr

I BUILT A DREAM HOUSE. I revamped an old house that I had dreamed about, struggled over, and wrestled with. I slowly nudged it and dragged it into something that could frame me and my stuff, and my work, along with my collection of nightmares and daydreams. The house did and still does look a lot like the house that Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner lived in on Long Island. It’s clad in wooden shingles, like theirs, and has an upright posture characteristic of the classic nineteenth-century American house that also resembles the way I drew houses when I was a kid. It’s on a quiet country road. It has a front porch, a side porch, and a brick chimney, a green grass lawn and a green roof. I live within a childhood drawing, and I tweak and modify the drawing to reflect the shifting conditions of my life. The house stares expressionlessly at the road during the day, in a feigned slumber, and

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