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I draft blueprints for an imaginary world where iconic architectural elements from the past, present, and future ‘churches, oil refineries, apartment buildings, spaceships’ interconnect to form fantastic cityscapes. Since the days of Babylon, humans have dreamed of building the perfect city. These utopian visions have bubbled up cyclically throughout history as a reaction to the dystopian realities of the day (like the 18th century romantics, the 1920s German Expressionists and the Bauhaus, the idealism of the ’60s). By assembling these faded visions into a seamless metaphysical landscape, I am able to traverse past and present utopias, much like walking down a contemporary crowded city street. The background is left empty to emphasize that these structures are not grounded in reality, but remain suspended in the space of the imagination.
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