Oct 16th 2009

Ryan Mandell: Snowbirds

@ Eastern Expansion

244 W 31st St, Chicago, IL 60616

Opening Friday, October 16th, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Thursday, November 12th

Extreme wealth affords an experience of reality unburdened by the traditional concerns of the middle and lower classes. Wealth has dictated our current built environment, and is the requisite to continue to augment it. With sufficient financial instruments an individual can literally construct reality, tailor it to their individual desires, and in essence, create a personal utopia: Presidential libraries, the palatial compounds of Middle Eastern sheiks, and Graceland are examples. This propensity, coupled with a higher tolerance for extravagance and decadence in contemporary culture, promises a future populated by landscapes and architectures that only exist as hyperbole now.

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