Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Artwork of Erin McSaveney.

In my lurkings I stumbled across the beautiful paintings of Erin McSaveney. We share a common interest of forgotten places. McSaveneys works, however, are found in more urban areas and industrial parks than small towns and Route 66 holdovers.

From her website:
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 it's cover," but we
cannot help but use our environment to make economic and social
judgments every day.

Most cities are built on top of forgotten and temporal places. City
planners quickly tear down and replace the old, turning a blind eye to
the truths these buildings reveal, constructing gleaming towers in
their stead. Examining a city's overlooked buildings, its back alleys
and loading bays, darkened street-ways and abandoned factories,
reveals as many truths about its citizens and spectators as it does
their own actual functions and inhabitants.

You can see more here and here.

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