Matthew Houlding at Urbis for British Art Show 6

Click to see ‘Matthew Houlding at Urbis for British Art Show 6’ in a variety of different sizesThis is, ‘Thanks to modern technology they can flee the smog of the city and work from laptops in the clean mountain air. 2002-2004′.

My first reaction was irritation. It looks like a Thunderbirds set, that is, at first sight it strikes me as a 1960s vision of the future. That’s an optimistic worldview; affluent and confident. Yet the legacy of 1960s architecture is crumbling concrete and urban decay. By the early 1970s we had Roxy Music’s ‘In every dreamhome a heartache’ lamenting soulless ‘penthouse perfection’.

Maybe this critique is here in the reference to smog and the use of found materials, like the stuffing from an old settee (I imagine it was landlord brown). Houlding is emphasing that this is a facade, perhaps. But it’s still an idea whose time has been and gone. Why bother with it now?
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