New York

Sven Påhlsson

Spencer Brownstone Gallery

In the more than forty years since the publication of Jane Jacobs's Death and Life of Great American Cities, her groundbreaking critique of postwar urban development, a wide array of voices have joined the writer in lamenting the negative effects of urban sprawl. Thus it comes as no great revelation when Norwegian artist Sven Påhlsson Sprawlville or Life at Highway Exit Ramp, 2002, a digitally animated riff on mass-produced tract housing and strip malls, once again draws our attention to the soulless properties of these land-hungry environments. Yet Påhlsson has utilized the most appropriate medium for reinvigorating this discussion, aligning it with the related debate on the consequences of reproducibility.

Påhlsson's commentary takes the form of a thirteen-minute video created with 3-D modeling programs. After visiting and documenting numerous American suburbs, he scanned his photographs

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