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Sean Snyder, Dallas Southfork in Hermes Land, Slobozia, Romania (detail), 2001, photographs, color videos, architectural models, digital prints, photocopied documents, news-paper articles. Dimensions variable.

Sean Snyder

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Sean Snyder, Dallas Southfork in Hermes Land, Slobozia, Romania (detail), 2001, photographs, color videos, architectural models, digital prints, photocopied documents, news-paper articles. Dimensions variable.

What does the classic Warner Brothers cartoon “Road Runner and Coyote” have to do with the urban condition? Sean Snyder’s 1996–98 Urban Planning Documentation (Road Runner & Coyote)—the earliest of the eight works in this modest, twelve-year survey—proffers tentative answers. Beside a monitor playing clips of Wile E. Coyote’s elaborate, doomed-to-fail schemes, Snyder presents two groups of black-and-white photos, all depicting seemingly innocuous elements from the urban landscape. In the first set, each image is accompanied by an ambiguously descriptive sentence: A FAILED LANDSCAPING ATTEMPT ON A MEDIAN, for instance, captions a photo of what appears to be sod and road infrastructure combined in an incongruously informal manner. In the second, ten images are collectively labeled with the single phrase AS A TERRORIST PRECAUTION EVERY PUBLIC TRASH CAN IN THE CITY WAS

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