Thursday, September 17

Huts for Woodbutchers and Trolls

Artist/Bookseller Matt Borruso on collecting architecture and counterculture books for their cover imagery:
"I am interested in the attempts and failures of many radical ideologies. The failure of the 60's/ 70's counterculture, the commodification of punk rock, the embrace of the dystopian over the utopian dream ... these are all well known. In these books though I find the beauty of small success, the DIY spirit, the dismissal of a dominant world. I am also interested in the aesthetics of these ideologies and their tenacious ability to outlast the movements themselves. The images and style of once radical subcultures are hollowed out, resurrected, and resold as something new. The look of these structures and the ideologies that surrounded their construction and habitation have now become mainstream. We currently consume the aesthetic of this failed moment in history as 'green' fashion and lifestyle. Ecological becomes Environmental. The Om symbol is stamped on an 'enlightenment' credit card available from Visa."

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