Patrick Coll is an artist who lives and works in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2013 he received an MFA in Printmaking from Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. In 2007 he received a BFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA. He considers New Hampshire a nice place to be from.
Architecture is ideology. During the early twentieth century, Modernist architecture sought a utopian future. There was a prevailing belief that architecture could reshape society, that the world could be made a better place if we just try harder, be smarter and plan for the future. Today, this utopian impulse, this unbridled optimism is regarded at best as foolishly naive and at worst dangerously fascistic. What happened? Where, how and why did we, collectively, lose our ability to dream new utopias? My work takes these questions as its starting point, tracing the history of the utopian impulse. Rather than proposing a singular example of what today's utopia should look like, I seek to understand the past before trying to devise a plan for the future.
The Cloud # 3: Skydome