5th – 20th October 2017
Joe Gentry & Jen Mathews
skyscraper, school, shrine, slaughterhouse
Skyscraper, school, shrine, slaughterhouse.
Tomb, shelter, crypt, bunker.
Architecture is both the substance and medium of authority. As Benjamin H. Bratton states, ‘there is no house without the one who claims it and there is no law, and no power in fact, without the house which it oversees.’
Symbols of desire and violence are suspended within everyday architecture, fixing abstract and discrete definitions of corporeal space into immediate surfaces, volumes, and pathways.
To romanticise decay is to delegitimize power and its physical architecture: the composition of signifiers, signs, boundaries, transit zones, everyday commodities, glass windows and iron bars that together form a general economy of retention, resentment, loss, and displacement.