In the 1980's among Urban planners a strange thing began happening in the suburbs. Rather than row upon row of cracker-box houses, an attempt began to plan community within even suburban areas. Requiring sidewalks and allowing mixed zoning have allowed neighborhoods to spring up, where a casual sense of community ties has literally been planned for. Shops and sidewalks, community gathering spots and shaded porches allow neighbors to once again know and greet neighbors. Gentrified neighborhoods of the past regain their liveliness, and those proud communities share their bond in outdoor living.
Carroll Jones III, American artist, has a feeling of the spirit of the times depicted by the front porch which he shows in this work, Home. Many artists would have filled in with their own vision of humanity the persons belonging in this place, this spot between private and public lives. In an uncanny ability to shake our memories loose, he has filled in all but our loved ones. We do that ourselves. Dad smoking his cigar, and mama rocking the grand-babies...we see it in an ethereal sense, even if we don't visualize them. We as humans, have responsibilities to ourselves, our families, and our community. Nothing signifies this more than the front porch, which encompasses all our worlds, and holds the same ancestral sense of belonging. When we see it, we know we aren't far from home.
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