San Francisco

Jake Longstreth

Gregory Lind Gallery

The American landscape has always been shaped by economic forces, with mining, drilling, and building integral parts of the country’s manifest destiny. Today, as foreclosures and failed businesses spread like flesh-eating bacteria, that landscape is shifting, psychically and physically, becoming blighted with vacant houses and big-box structures. Particularly timely, then, are Jake Longstreth’s nearly photorealistic paintings of anonymous, generally unpopulated built environments. Whether portraying a swimming pool, tennis court, chain-store facade, or other man-made monument, each of this exhibition’s nine canvases contains an eerie quietude resonant with our current defaulted moment.

Longstreth tends to portray architecture in simple geometry, and foliage and landscaping in controlled, abstract tangles of small brushstrokes. Such is the approach in Campus, 2008, a composition in which a

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