erin mcsavaney's seven paintings of south vancouver, opens this friday at atelier gallery. his paintings give hidden narratives to buildings, loading docks, factories and back parking lots. often these structures go unnoticed in our everyday life, almost shadows in the background. seemingly abandoned, these sorts of buildings are prevalent in many cities, yet rarely is there focus on or talk of them. erin paints them w/ a beautiful, eerie light; giving these ghosts their very own spotlight.
i was really taken w/ erin's artist statement:
"based on rules and parameters, architecture is premised on the creation of boundaries. but time and usage have the ability to strip intent and function from a building, revealing its inhabitants' successes and failures. surfaces, stained and battered, become porous, transparent. evidence of beginnings, middles, and ends are clear. we are told "don't judge a book by its cover," but we cannot help but use our environment to make economic and social judgments every day."