After posting our review of the wonderful "This Brutal World" book and collection on Brutalist architecture, we thought of one of our favorite painters, NYC-based Daniel Rich.

I translate photographs into paintings that call attention to implicit political and social narratives transcribed in the built environment. The architectural image is represented in my work to introduce a dialogue about changing political power structures, failed utopias, the impacts of ideological struggles, war and natural upheavals. I am interested in the highly symbolic role architecture plays in politics and its power to function as an icon of our lived experience, a portrait of an existential phenomenology whose features manifest where society is at one particular moment in history. —Daniel Rich