WOW HUH
R.A.W. by Matthew Schrader


Subject: arthroplastic blond

I'm sure it will come off :) the Image is more than an idea. It is a vortex or cluster of fused ideas and is endowed with energy. panic is a sudden desertion of us, and and a going over to the enemy of our imagination.

Cute Dark Haired Teen echogram Spreads Legs & Teasing...

Below is an installment of an ongoing archive of images consisting of "raw" and "live/work" spaces collected from user generated postings on Craigsist and similar sites. These images stand as an evolution of popular desire, the framework for a bohemian dream-space. They are colloquial images circulated with a clear use-value, to rent or sell property. As well as a part of an aesthetic lineage that shaped the conception of the American Avant-garde as the inheritors of vacated industry. Pictures of essentially empty spaces that share familial ties with several genres of photography such as, Architectural Digest features, gallery website documentation, and images of artist’s loft spaces like those found in a book on Gordon Matta Clark and New York in the 1970s. Such images display a sparse post-industrial realness that much of the canonization of contemporary art relies on. These representations of desire, pure potential and romanticism, eventually lead to a sprawling gentrification in urban centers around the world.

New York Spreads Legs & Teasing

We see open space, walls, light fixtures, pipes, columns and the occasional chair or odd piece of furniture. We also see windows or blown out rectangles and their reflections on concrete and wooden floors. This is essential to the images, this is the romance, the flirtation with the viewer, exclaiming I am sun soaked, fill me with your desire...

Language differs from architecture in many senses. However the emptied out structures of failed commercial temptation, now dumped in spam boxes, elicit a familiar sense of hope and panic.