Architecture and Structure: The Paintings of Cities and Buildings by Daniel Rich

August 08, 2017

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