Homes of Nostalgia

Jordan Charles Stokes
EXHIBITION  RUNS
   
February
   
16
 -  
February
   
27
Jordan Charles Stokes is a visual artist exploring landscape and the built environment. He investigates how time and place informs action, understanding and response to natural systems and human structures. How the environment can demonstrate and reveal concepts of history, change, and personality across locations and cultures is examined in photographic and mixed media.

INFORMATION

Homes of Nostalgia is a series of photographic works which investigate signs and symbols of nostalgia in domestic Australian architecture. It explores local housing styles of my immediate neighbourhood and community in Earlwood and Dulwich Hill, which are greatly influenced by elements of neoclassicism linked to post-war immigration.

 

Upon settling in, migrants and their descendants appropriated features and elements from classical Greek and Roman architecture into the design of their new dwellings and in doing so generated a particular visual style. The use of traditional elements such as balustrades, columns, balconies, architraves, porticoes, capitals and ornamentation were embellished and romanticised with improved access to resources and status.

 

 In this way, these houses are symbolic statements of their owners and are tightly linked to their identity. As symbols of nostalgia, they present the past in a new world context, where historic architectural symbolism is part of a new cultural identity.

 

Over the course of successive decades, these stylistic markers contributed to the development of a new and uniquely Australian form of suburban architecture.

Homes of Nostalgia is a series of photographic works which investigate signs and symbols of nostalgia in domestic Australian architecture. It explores local housing styles of my immediate neighbourhood and community in Earlwood and Dulwich Hill, which are greatly influenced by elements of neoclassicism linked to post-war immigration.

 

Upon settling in, migrants and their descendants appropriated features and elements from classical Greek and Roman architecture into the design of their new dwellings and in doing so generated a particular visual style. The use of traditional elements such as balustrades, columns, balconies, architraves, porticoes, capitals and ornamentation were embellished and romanticised with improved access to resources and status.

 

 In this way, these houses are symbolic statements of their owners and are tightly linked to their identity. As symbols of nostalgia, they present the past in a new world context, where historic architectural symbolism is part of a new cultural identity.

 

Over the course of successive decades, these stylistic markers contributed to the development of a new and uniquely Australian form of suburban architecture.

FEATURED  WORKS

Jordan Charles Stokes, Homes of Nostalgia X

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Jordan Charles Stokes, Homes of Nostalgia II

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Jordan Charles Stokes, Homes of Nostalgia V

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