Thursday, August 4, 2011

Country Living for Everyone - Kirsten Simonsen

Country Living for Everyone
A charming new home with an aged, old world appearance...

A solo exhibition by Kirsten Rae Simonsen,
explores the fantasies embodied in Hawai‘i’s mock Tudor and French Norman cottage-style homes.

August 22-September 2, 2011 (open daily from 7 AM-9 PM)
Opening reception Monday August 22, 5:30-7:30 PM
at Academy Art Center at Linekona - 1111 Victoria Street

Artist talk August 18, 6-7 PM, 39 Hotel
(sponsored by [OFF] hrs & Jaimey Hamilton)

more about Country Living for Everyone:
The original idea behind the growth of suburbia in the UK and the United States was that it was meant to be "country living for everyone." Suburban homes initially were meant to recall the experience of the English country cottage: a lovely, calm retreat from the chaos of the city. In Hawai’i, during the 1920s, immigration from the West Coast of the United States increased drastically, and many new middle class homes were built in the Mock Tudor English cottage style that was popular on the mainland. These English Tudor (and sometimes French Norman) cottages spoke to an especially odd and incongruent fantasy: that of the American immigrant bringing "olde England" to Hawai’i. The fantasy was doubly strange, as the Tudor revival style was artificial and invented to begin with, even in the UK. This exhibition will explore that fantasy…how did these immigrants envision Hawai’i? What possessed them to build English and French Norman cottages here? How did they see their role in their new adopted home in the islands?

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