Monday, January 13, 2014
In an effort to expand the forms of my work to more fully reflect contemporary American culture I've been looking more at industrial, commercial. and leisure complexes. This must include these locations at all points in their existence and thus I must consider newly built spaces, those currently in use, and ones that have reached the end of their useful lives. Of course my favorite thing to do is make nice things and then destroy they (i.e. make them more awesome) so it's going to take considerable self control to keep myself from covering everything in foamy green glazes. North Americans, myself included, seem to find some sort of twisted satisfaction in the beauty of neglect. The jury is still out on whether or not it's the triumph of nature or the fall of man that gets us going, but every time I see grass growing through the sidewalk I get a bit cheered with the presence of some greenery. I'm reminded of the building where I went to middle school. Mahoney Middle School is a very nice 1930s structure that used to be covered in gorgeous ivy giving the impression that it was to be very well recommended for academics/something you would picture in a John Irving novel. Then they ripped off all the ivy and it looks more like a Steinbeck. I understand that this was because they installed screens on the windows to prevent bees and birds form entering (vaguely ironic) so it was in fact an improvement, however, I have to ask myself at what cost.
At any rate, keep yer eyes peeled for some shopping mall costume jewelry boxes, commercial complex coasters and paperweights, and a couple swimming pool ashtrays. (Because everyone needs a break once in a while.)
all images from Google