If the designers of 1950s suburbia had been allowed to run completely amuck with their road planning, their outcroppings of American dream homes may have looked something like the drawings of Ross Racine. That’s right, these aren’t scanned and manipulated photographs, cut and pasted together, but rather drawings done freehand directly on a computer and then printed with an inkjet printer. His meticulous works look at the relationship between design and actual lived experience, looking to subvert the rationality of urban design, and bring light to the uncomfortable quirks those design choices hide below their surface.
We’ve all experienced this: huge, tangled communities of cul-de-sacs, designed with the ideal of perfection and privacy, but with little thought for how far they keep us from having a real community or access to everyday necessities like groceries and entertainment. Their very design forces us to live in an automotive centric world, keeping us even further from the needs of community we all have… in an essence, they are a beautiful and repressive penitentiary.
Racine’s images also look at the “role of the computer as a tool for urban planning as well as image capture,” while likewise exploring the hybridization of hand drawing and computer art. You can find more of his exceptional work at Like the Spice Gallery or at rossracine.com.