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Aaron Betsky. Dreaming of Almost Nothing: Damien Smith’s L.A. Series. works on paper inc: Los Angeles, June 2000.

The myth of modernism was that we would all live in a world of surfaces and spaces emptied by technology.  In the utopia that would rise when all that was solid had melted into air, as Marx had predicted, pure prisms would disport themselves in light.  The architecture and art of the modern masters, whether Mondrian or Mies van der Rohe, were only place holders for the realization of this  world of perfect stasis. What we built was a flawed version of perfection.  The office buildings, homes, hospitals, hotels and schools that sported the right angles and synthetic surfaces proper to modernis... [more]
Posted by Damien Smith on 2/8/13