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Ben Dean

Pomona College Museum of Art

Ben Dean’s Account, 2002–2008, the exceptional installation that constituted his first solo show, is really two accounts—one a 16-mm color film, the other a gray-toned, computer-generated video—of three places. The Los Angeles –based artist selected locations in the San Francisco Bay Area that are emblematic of distinct urban-redevelopment episodes: Islais Landing, a former tidal bog that once served as a sewage channel and slaughterhouse dumping ground; San Francisco City Hall, a Beaux Arts monument whose harmonious proportions and massive domed rotunda are meant to pique municipal pride (and good civic behavior); and Pacific Shores Center, a 106-acre, 1.7-millionsquare-foot corporate complex, planned during the dot-com glut of the late 1990s and built on marshland south of the city. Using a vintage spring-wound camera, Dean shot a single take of each site and spliced them together; for

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