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Goldfinger's Last Passion

Goldfinger's Last Passion

Goldfinger's Last Passion was inspired by walks through the Balfron Estate in East London, a Brutalist housing estate designed by Erno Goldfinger. The work is a re-imagined Brutalist utopia, it imagines a world where post modernism never existed and Brutalist architecture became the default model for city planning. The work was part of a installation of drawings, film and slide projections that drew on narrative elements from The Marquis De Sade's '120 Days of Sodom' and J.G Ballard's 'High Rise'.

“Terror is as much a part of the concept of truth as runniness is of the concept of jam. We wouldn’t like jam if it didn’t by its very nature ooze. We wouldn’t like truth if it wasn’t sticky, if, from time to time it didn’t ooze blood” Jean Baudrilliard

I use image making as a way to explore ideas based around power structures and systems of control, investigating human horror within the urban environment, an environment where man has resorted to savagery through domination and subordination. Owen Hatherley said “An Englishman’s home is his castle, not his cottage but a castle and what is a castle but an ornamented semi military functionalist fortress designed to protect its inhabitants.” My work imagines the possibilities of the modern fortress through a dystopian vision of the future where architecture seeks to punish as much as protect. I am particularly interested in the effects of architecture on human behavior, specifically Brutalist architecture; it’s utopian ambitions versus its perceived dystopian reality.