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at home with Larry

Domestic spaces are a frequent source of inspiration for many artists. The colours, forms, textures and patterns that we surround ourselves with are directly related to our political and aesthetic sensibilities that can be appropriated and/or incorporated into artwork. In addition to objects and patterns, other people; strangers, accountants, lovers, parents, siblings, cousins etc. of course have a presence or absence in our private domains. The actions of these others, with their own, individual sensibilities can also prove to be excellent source material as performers of culture.

Larry Sultan’s (1946–2009) 2014/15 LACMA retrospective Here and Home, featuring over 200 of the artist’s non-conventional photographs of domestic scenes, facades and places of interest, included Pictures from Home; a series of enigmatic photographs taken between 1982–92 staged at the artists’ home. A quizzical blend of the mundane and aspirational, each image has a dreamy dead-pan quality that masterfully portrays what it is to dream the urban dream.

Larry Sultan, Practicing Golf Swing, 1986.

Larry Sultan, Practicing Golf Swing, 1986.