We came across the work of DC artist Matthew Mann just this week; it was obsession-at-first-glance and we thought it would make for a great Friday share: ~ e n j o y ~
With an interest in aesthetic categories and how they are leveraged into manufactured environments, the Twee Brutalism paintings are an exploration of aesthetics, visual culture and politics of place wrung through architectural and landscape motifs.
On its own, Twee Brutalism is a satirical paradox that pretty much sums up my attitudes about how architecture is currently deployed in DC and many other cities: bland, retail oriented, lifestyle branded developments displacing another, and worsened when appropriating a community, social, or cultural landmark as a marketing ploy. - via Bmore Art
Matthew Mann is an artist unnaturally preoccupied with pictorial mechanics, aesthetic theory and cracking wise. He currently lives and works in Washington DC.