I suppose this is the sort of shit you’ve got to say if you’re an artist

“It is absolutely extraordinary to see the transition happening to London,” Gormley said. “Up to this point the towers have been the exception, not the rule. But it is fascinating to see how London is being transformed overnight from a terraced housing-based city to Dallas or something closer to Abu Dhabi.”

Gormley laments the unchanging priority of corporate values over social values as the skyline rises higher and higher. “I don’t see those towers expressing much more than the testosterone of a late capitalist society,” he added.

The work’s title speaks to Gormley’s belief that we have all become “blind, sleeping servants” of a system that creates everything for us with ease and yet perpetuates social injustice and an unequal distribution of resources.

The most striking feature of the last 40 years has been how those resources are becoming more equally distributed. Idiot.

As to the testosterone the rest of us look at the skyscrapers as the efficient use of an expansive resource, urban land…..

20 thoughts on “I suppose this is the sort of shit you’ve got to say if you’re an artist”

  1. Gormley has littered a beautiful beach on the North West with his ugly rusting, er, statues. They are apparently there to show man’s interaction with nature and he got paid a shit load of dosh to do it.

    In New York he got paid a shot load of do lose to put hose same igly statues up high, on window ledges of those tall buildings he hates so much.

    He may or may not be a servant of the system, but he sure as he’ll ain’t blind; relies on us being so though.

  2. “The work’s title speaks to Gormley’s belief that we are all mugs for putting up with money being lavished on the utter charlatan…”

    Fixed it for him.

  3. What Ironman said.

    And it isn’t the sort of shit you’ve got to say if you’re an artist: it’s the sort of shit you’ve got to say if you’re an artist who wishes to get his fat hands on funds extorted from taxpayers, most of whom are poorer than him and few of whom will like his work (to the very limited extent that they are aware of it).

  4. “I don’t see those towers expressing much more than the testosterone of a late capitalist society,” he added.

    Funny, I see them expressing the need for a more liberal planning regime for building. If the cost of land was not so high the incentive to build *up* would not be so great.

    ‘Corporation’ don’t build office towers because they like forcing people to work in cubicles under florescent lighting, they build them because its too expensive to spread out in a campus.

    Yet again some clueless idiot blaming people responding to incentives rather than the people who set those incentives up in the first place.

  5. Tim,
    I disagree. The most striking feature of *the post-war half-century* was the more even distribution of wealth, but under New Labour the share of disposable* wealth owned by bottom half of the UK population fell by two-thirds (from 6% to 2%). That, naturally, created resentment of the rich.

    * i.e. excluding the notional value of the house that they lived in.

  6. Anyway it’s EARLY capitalism, not late.

    The luvvies haven’t come close to finding something better.

  7. Terraces are great if you own a house in one of them, fairly low population density. Bad luck if you want to buy one.

    So we build upwards to make more efficient use of space. This lets the proles in though, sadly, so must be resisted but make sure you obscure your true reasons with lots of Lefty crap about the environment and capitalism.

  8. I’m not much fussed with his take on tall buildings.. but I will go against the apparent grain and confess to a strong liking of his art.

  9. ‘From the warming of our climate and the acidification of our seas to cities dominated by skyscrapers’

    Reification fallacies. Sociologist drivel.

  10. So the once despised terraced housing is ok now?

    Funny how artists are all progressive unless its done by filthy capitalists (who provide their benefits in their wilderness years).

    I’ve got so used to all this crap that I won’t even bother to laugh when someone points out that he’s got a penthouse in the Shard.

  11. Quite so, Chester Draws. The tiresome “late capitalism” trope is meant to suggest that capitalism is senescent and declining under the weight of its Marxoid ‘contradictions’. Users of the trope rarely understand the distinction between free markets and capitalism, and they always underestimate the vigour and flexibility of both.

  12. Bloke in Costa Rica

    CayleyGraph: OT but I’ve asked before—of what object is that the Cayley graph? It’s not Dih4, although it’s close.

  13. Well i DO see high rise skyscraping office tower blocks as the giant cocks of capitalism and no bad thing at that. Shows our economy can still “get it up”. I only wish there was some way a fountain of artificial jizz could erupt out the top periodically to land all over the likes of Gormley.

    Although I suppose Owen Jones would probably push Gormley out the way so it could land on him.

  14. Fascinating to see how a so called libertarian who does not live in England wants to impose his narrow minded views of culture upon us.

  15. Re Bloke in Costa Rica: It should be the dihedral group of order 4, although I used more generators than are strictly necessary: The purple is a quarter-turn, and the red & blue are both reflections.
    Looking at it again, the red & purple look very similar on my monitor, and the arrowheads for the arcs on the interior are quite difficult to see, so that might’ve thrown you off.

  16. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Ah, I see. Normally Dih4 only has two generators, which was why it looked unfamiliar.

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