Carrie Patterson, Chair
Associate Professor of Art
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Alumni Where are they now?
Matthew Fishel (studio art, 2001) completed an MFA at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010. Originally interested in painting, Matthew has expanded his practice to include animation, video, installation, and digital imaging. He is a frequent contributor to RedStarKGB, an ongoing collaboration of filmmakers in Baltimore. His own film, "A Short Film Regarding Possibilities", was selected by the Maryland Film Festival in 2006. See his work at http://www.matthewfishel.com
American Suburb: Systems and Situations of Power
Abstract: This work is a convergence of a variety of theoretical schemata upon a cohesive and familiar social and physical space, that of the American suburb. The American suburb in its evocation alone, elicits thoughts of conformity/homogeneity, property/wealth, and family, but what is it about this space that brings these ideas to mind? And are they truly applicable to the actual lived space? Throughout the analysis that follows, the suburb is scrutinized on the terms of its landscape and architecture, of its physical and social manifestations of space. The suburban space itself is a direct result of a way of seeing, a particular means of ordering the world that is quintessentially American, that of Manifest Destiny. This means of seeing produces a schemata upon the space, to make it fit for living and society, it imposes order upon it. This order, this imposition of power upon the landscape, is similar to the means by which individual control is enacted in Foucault’s Panoptic and plague town models. The interaction of these two social means of ordering space and imposing power interrelate to create a lived environment that is wholly unique. Finally, just as in any system that power is imposed upon those dwelling within it, the suburb creates pockets of resistance, both physical and social, to its power, and the hierarchy created as a result of this implementation of power. The example of resistance used here is that of the suburban punk rock movement, particularly my own personal connection to the crust punk movement in Baltimore and Towson, Maryland.