MARK HAVENS: VIVA LA DECADENCE

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More than a year ago we spoke about Mark Havens and his magnetic eye for the holiday decadent architecture; the American neon and plastic cheesy-kitsch was as familiar (hello Spanish coast) as picturesque. His scenery was Wildwood, but it could’ve very easily been Benidorm.

Life works in mysterious ways, they say. The gods of corny resorts listened to our prayers and now Havens is back, in a book. “Out of Season: The Vanishing Architecture of the Wildwoods” focuses on the walks of this Philadelphia artist around the New Jersey island; 50s and 60s architecture landscapes mixed with the uneasy feeling of a place that should be full of life, but it’s not. We hope Mark does very well so he can come and portray the Spanish building boom; he’d have enough material for a trilogy.

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