As a young architect and wanna-be fine artist, I am absolutely mesmerized by artist Jeremy Mann.
The way he instills the somber energy and flow in his cityscapes, bringing them to just the right level of abstraction, makes you feel as though you are there with him in a dream you can’t quite remember clearly.
“This town has been attracting artists since the late 1800s—many, many artists—thousands. In 1914–1915, it exploded with hundreds of the most famous artists in America: playwrights, poets, and painters. As time went on, money started to squeeze them out. Today, it’s money that operates this town. If you have a lot of money, you build condos and the condos drive out the poor, and the poor are the artists. “This is a country that creates a lot of poor people. You would think it would try to create rich people. But the rich people don’t have enough brains to realize that what they have to do is help the poor get rich. Look at the big fight that’s taking place over minimum wage. You would think that if I were a rich man, and I had millions—billions—I would make sure I paid those people the best wages I can pay them. Why? Because then they will be able to go to school, and they will become capitalists, and I will be able to sell them some of my stuff because they will have the money to buy it. But the rich are too stupid to think of that. They only think of their own greed, and the laws are on their side. They don’t give a shit about the poor bastards at the bottom who have nothing. They don’t realize that the best thing they can do is make sure those people go to college, so they can help the rich get richer. But as long as they stay poor, they don’t do anything for you except serf labor. And serf labor is being replaced by machines anyway. So that’s the stupidity of the rich.”