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The Dream / Brad Ascalon

The Dream / Brad Ascalon

“Within the boundaries of a society largely living above its own means, an unregulated banking system that plays by its own rules, and a government that idly stands by as millions of homes are being foreclosed upon, there lies an absolute truth: the direction we’re moving as a society has become unsustainable and toxic. This is the new promise of the American dream.” - Brad Ascalon

When you think of Suburbia, you inevitably think of the white picket fence. But the picturesque Suburbia you envision, never truly existed, and now, with an economy plunging, poverty rising, and people hurting, the truth has become too hard to ignore.

In this piece for the “Love It or Leave It” exhibition at New York’s Gallery R’Pure, going on now until June 1st, Brad Ascalon has inverted this typical Suburban symbol in order to comment upon the state of the American Dream – today, “nearly impossible for most Americans to realize.”

More Photos of Brad Ascalon’s “The Dream” after the break…

For more on Suburbia, check out our Burbs Going Bust Infographic and our popular Saving Suburbia series – Part I: “Bursting the Bubble,” on the damaging Suburban Myth.

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Cite: Vanessa Quirk. "The Dream / Brad Ascalon" 30 May 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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