Odds and Ends – artist notebook
Chris Erskine’s weekly artist notebook
The past week has been one of reflection. How to approach my subject: the single detach home within an urban landscape.
My working thesis is: our home is our castle. This is particularly true if you are an urban settler or someone who lives next to challenging neighbours.
So we try and shut out the world with our electronic gadgets and home furnishings. Nevertheless, many still feel the need to make some sort of statement with our home architecture and landscaping.
This is the space that I am trying to explore with my new series.
Hamilton Urban Homes
As part of my research, I been looking at several landscape artists for inspiration. I am particularly impressed by the following:
Peter Harris, Toronto
Hans Habeger, Chicago
Marc Trujillo, Los Angeles
Each of these artists explore the overlooked spaces within our urban landscapes like parking lots of commercial properties, rear of strip malls, or the fronts of chain store operations. There is also a theme of night time landscapes and a feeling of isolation.
Peter Harris is part of a group show at the Mira Godard Gallery, 22 Hazelton Ave, until September 12th.
Monday – Odds and Ends
Wednesday – Art Post No.31
Friday – Studio Cam 2
Urban landscape artist