Patty Carroll: Anonymous Woman: Domestic Demise
Bill Owens: Suburbia
ON VIEW: November 20, 2021 – February 12, 2022
ARTIST RECEPTION: Saturday, November 20, 2021, from 5 – 8 PM
PDNB Gallery features two solo exhibitions by gallery artists, Patty Carroll and Bill Owens. This will be the first solo show for Patty Carroll, who is based in Chicago, Illinois. Bill Owens has had a large presence in the gallery since the early 2000s, when we first featured his groundbreaking series from the early 1970’s, Suburbia.
In recent years, Patty Carroll (b. 1946, Chicago, Illinois) has explored the traditional and contemporary “housewife” role, by creating scenes of exaggerated chaos that often consumes the subject, which is a woman. Pots and pans, shoes and flowers, excessively colorful drapery, cakes and pies, 1950’s furniture and decorative objects overwhelm the female subject in the scene. The series is appropriately titled, Anonymous Women: Domestic Demise. Patty states, “She is both a victim of her obsessions, activities and circumstances as well as the invisible creator of such; both satisfying and problematic, pathetic and humorous.”
The images are mostly humorous but sometimes terrifying. Overall, we reflect on the past and current defined roles of the Suburban woman.
Speaking of suburban culture, Bill Owens (b. 1938, San Jose, California) was the early documentarian of suburbia! In the late 1960s, this photographer had an epiphany to document America’s movement into the suburbs of northern California. He made a list of what he wanted to document, i.e. a Tupperware party, shag carpeting, a newly minted home with a few pieces of furniture, a family barbeque, a new lawn being rolled out, Christmas decorations, overview images of cul-de-sacs, New Development billboards, and July 4th block parties and parades. These photographs were included in the seminal 1971 publication, Suburbia, which became an important sociological study and photography series that launched Bill Owens’ art career. In 2001, Suburbia was included in the list of 101 most influential photography books published in the 20th Century.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of this publication, which is why PDNB Gallery is revisiting the photographs and the book in the gallery.
Both Patty Carroll and Bill Owens will be present for the opening reception, Saturday, November 20, 2021, from 5 – 8 PM.
Patty Carroll, Cooking the Goose, 2017
Bill Owens, I enjoy giving a Tupperware party in my house, 1971