Couplandia (a pop art cento)

 

"Acceleration is accelerating,
We've never been smarter: we've never felt stupider,
And REAL TIME often feels like neither.
But where does personality end and brain damage begin?"
Empire State and LEGO houses
Descend into a world of bricks and pixels,
Rancors robbed of colour: colours rob with rancour,
This is probably not a Pipe.
Rope cannot split exhibit from real,
Shadows tell the true story.
"Objects become your proxy - they become you".
Group of seven vistas; broken shards of hue
Come alive through furrowed brow and skewed view
Northern lights or stalagmites?
Have I gone too far?
"Scorned as timber, beloved of the sky"
Candied towers, piercing popsicles,
Gen X egos made from LEGO,
Can colour identify an age?

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NB – cover art is by Douglas Coupland and the parts in speech marks and underlined are direct quotes from Coupland’s artwork in his 2014 exhibition, ‘Everywhere is Anywhere is Anything is Everything’.

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