“the rural as a strict counterpart to the urban appears to be a condition of the past. at least, this is what kees christiaanse posits in an interview with us [monu] entitled “the new rural: global agriculture, desakotas, and freak farms”. he points out that, today, non-urban spaces interact so frequently and intensely with urbanity that you can no longer describe something as strictly rural. therefore, we can no longer separate the city from the countryside as these are not polarized entities and each other’s enemies, but rather the result of each other.”

25/07/2012 § 1 Comment

 

collages by mary lydecker
from the top:
midland, tx / salt lake city, ut
cape cod, md / willamette dam, or
aruba / worcester, ma

 

none of these places are real.  when i first came across mary lydecker’s collages on mammoth, i casually scrolled through them as if looking at vintage photographs of low budget fringe resort destinations.  these would be the types of resorts you’d stop at while driving across the nation in the back seat of your parents winnabego.  something was not right.  a closer inspection revealed seams and other hints of collage.  these images are just brilliant.

 

collage resorts

a young hare

 

 

notes:

[title]     today’s title comes from the description of monu magazines issue #16.  for the complete description go here.  as an aside, you can watch a video of someone perusing monu #16 on vimeo.  this almost seems like an art piece.

[images]     there are about fifty more amazing images available on her website.  check it out.

[more collage]     in certain ways this reminds me of a very old ayh post covering gianni pettena’s piece about “works of architecture not made by architects“.

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