“Suburban Imagery and Irony,” an honors project by Joseph Bochynski '08, is now on display at the Houghton House Gallery. A mathematics/studio art major, he is a member of the cross country team.
These paintings on paper, fiberboard and stretched canvas feature the themes of emptiness, contradiction, desire and frustration, simple ugliness and ridiculousness.
“I am a product of the suburbs,” Bochynski said, “and for better or worse, this is a subject I have a very intimate relationship with.”
His artistic inquiry is made through a painting process that has a focus on traditionally less-prominent aspects of suburbia, including cars, strip malls, dumpsters and loading docks — components that are almost always overlooked and may be the real structures that support the American Dream.
“Suburban Imagery and Irony” will be on display in the side gallery of Houghton House until Thursday, Dec. 13; the gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The exhibition is sponsored by the Art Department and the Honors program.