Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Fact, fiction intersect in exhibit.(Arts & Culture)

Byline: Emily Van Cleve For the Journal

* Photographer creates surreal normalcy in staged images

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Photographer Gregory Crewdson stays at his family's cabin in the quaint Berkshire Mountain town of Lee, Mass., whenever he sets to work creating new images.

Tabar Avenue is the location of choice. The tiny street lined with 50-year-old New England houses is the backdrop to his visually stunning photographs that combine the ordinary with the extraordinary and the perfectly normal with the strange and surreal.

The "normal" part of Crewdson's photographs is the conventional setting nicely maintained homes surrounded by deciduous trees and mowed lawns. The bizarre element is what takes place within the space, like a man laying sod across the street to connect his front lawn to his neighbor's or a woman with a watering can standing by rows of flower beds she has laid in the middle of the road. …

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