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ricia Cline, Pierre Coupey, Toni Hafkenscheid, Cole Morgan, James Nizam, Otto Rogers, Markus Schaller, Hans Schule, Anselmo Swan, George Vergette, Chris Woods, Cybele Young, Peter Opheim, Collete Hosmer, Susanne Schossig, Vasarely, Victor Vasarely, Kevin Tolman,
Habitat, colour photograph, 30" x 30", edition of 10
From the Artist Statement:
In this series Relics of the Future I am exploring our erstwhile visions of a North American future as seen from a 1950’s - 60’s point of view. I am looking at structures built in that era that represent an idealized view of a future with it’s belief in technology, a sense of optimism, and a promise of better days ahead.
I was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands 14 years after World War II. During the war the city centre was completely destroyed. Instead of rebuilding the city and make it look like it did before the war, it was decided that the city should look like a North American city with modern architecture. As Germany, the motor of the European economy, underwent it’s enormous economic recovery, so did Rotterdam. The city flourished, there was a sense of hope and a belief in a better future. As a child I remember hearing the constant noise of pile driving as the city was being constructed. I also remember looking towards North America with a sense of envy, as a place where people really dared to dream big by building superhighways, towers and dams.
These photographs symbolize that North American dream and a feeling of progress, success, and power. I am trying to capture that excitement I felt as a kid, while at the same time realizing that now, almost half a century later those structures are relics of a future that never came to pass.