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Dream House is a shining example of Gregory Crewdson's complete control over his medium and subject. He portrays the isolation and darkness found in the mediocrity of suburban life through a surreal sense of theatre in a style reminiscent of a high budget Hollywood production. Shot in an abandoned Maine home, Crewdson employs a fleet of celebrity faces, such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Julianne Moore and Philip Seymour Hoffman, to play the roles of his desperate and lonesome characters. In a similar manner to Cindy Sherman and Jeff Wall, the dream like imagery in Crewdson's work forces the question of reality and perceived notions of what it means to replicate life in a fantastical manner. The work is chilling, yet beautifully composed. It is produced in the highest possible quality with acute attention to detail, yet it is this super-realism that exemplifies the feeling of fear in the viewer.

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