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Suburbia Never Looked So Good

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“The known center of the universe is Ikea… the whole world is built on consuming and shopping,” local photographer Bill Owens quipped yesterday during a discussion of his photographic odyssey of 1970s suburban sprawl.

Owens’ lecture at the USC graduate school of art was the trial run for presentations he will be giving at the MOCA Pacific Design Center today at 3 pm on his solo exhibit and The Getty on Sunday for the Public Faces/Private Spaces group show.

This LAist got the rare opportunity to hear the renown artist speak about his work; no guessing games as to the “meaning” behind these witty black and white images—if I had a question I could just wave my hand and ask. Having grown up in the ‘burbs (Fayetteville, Arkansas to be exact), I felt a perverse connection to Owens and his photographs, akin to my love of the melancholy repetoire of Southerner William Eggleston and the tongue-in-cheek snapshots from Englishman Martin Parr.

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(Read more about photographer Bill Owens & his vision of suburbia after the jump)