Collaboration with David B. Smith.
If our eyeballs are the window to the soul then television is the light box entry point to life’s many nuanced lessons. The 1970s brought a departure from the glossed and trimmed lifestyle of “Leave it to Beaver” and introduced a different set of circumstances, circumstances which included struggle and just the right amount of dysfunction. It could be said that the dysfunction serves as a psychological tool to help us appreciate our humanity, our own mistakes, our own economic reality, and possibly our own dysfunction. We are the person on the couch watching the centralized couch as our problems are mirrored back to us.
The goal here is to explore the ways in which we experience these contexts through “the set”. The television set becomes the representation of our cultural identity of “home”, but “the set” is also a construction, a flattened space.