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Julia Kidd

Genovese Gallery

Julia Kidd groups together 18 works from the past five years for a thought-provoking installation entitled “Home Is Where Your House Is.” Kidd explores the fragility of American consumerist myths in these multimedia meditations on house and home. Home Is Where Your House Is III, 1989, features a photograph, printed on wallpaper, of a front garden and trees leveled by a hurricane. Superimposed on this disaster photograph are five cartoon silhouettes of a young boy learning to walk on stilts. Metaphorically, the collision of these particular images suggests the fragility of the home, whose security can at any moment be disrupted or destroyed. For The Home of Shirley Jones, 1988, Kidd has taken a tacky postcard image of a large Hollywood house, enlarged it and mounted it on Masonite. A black and white photograph of actress Shirley Jones is inset and bordered by film sprockets. The work’s real

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