Vancouver based painter, Erin McSavaney, focuses on architecture; often over-looked or abandoned warehouses, factories, loading docks and alleys. His paintings often depict these buildings at night time when there is no human activity only the eerie light and shadows cast by street lamps. His work refers to photography in their format and high realism but at the same time a relationship to hard-edge abstraction and formalism with his use of straight lines, bold compositions and intersecting planes.
In his artist statement, McSavaney states; "Architecture is a mirror to humanity. More specifically, over time, buildings move from reflecting their environment and an architectural "vision" , to revealing their inhabitants and activities."
Erin McSavaney is a graduate from Capilano College and has been showing in Vancouver, Seattle, Calgary and Ottawa since 2003.
The stamp of the definitive is avoided. No situation seems intended forever, no figure asserts its "thus and not otherwise." This is how architecture, the most binding part of communal rhythm, comes into being....
Architecture is a mirror to humanity. More specifically, over time, buildings move from reflecting their environment and an architectural "vision," to revealing their inhabitants and activities. Human patterns of building, occupying, using, abandoning, and then often reclaiming, all have a marked affect on how structures -- and ultimately we ourselves -- are perceived.
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.
2011, INLAND, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver BC
2010 New Paintings, Herringer Kiss Gallery, Calgary AB
2009 New Paintings, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver BC
2008 Galerie St. Laurent + Hill, Ottawa ON
2008 Six Paintings of South Vancouver, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver BC
2007 Universal Uniform, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver BC
2005 Defenders of the Faith, Harrison Gallery, Vancouver BC
2003 New Paintings, Harrison Gallery, Vancouver BC
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2010 Snow, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver BC
2009 Summer Group Show, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver BC
2007 Camrose Ducote, Erin McSavaney, Jeroen Witvliet
Galerie St. Laurent + Hill, Ottawa ON
2007 Dog Days, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver BC
2007 Aggregate Set, LES Gallery, Vancouver BC
2006 Toronto International Art Fair, Galerie St. Laurent + Hill, Toronto ON
2006 New Paintings, Artfirm, Calgary AB
2006 Re:Group, Atelier Gallery, Vancouver BC
2006 New Paintings, Galerie St. Laurent + Hill, Ottawa ON
2006 New Paintings, Kimzey Miller Gallery, Seattle WA
2005 New Paintings, Kimzey Miller Gallery, Seattle WA
2005 Feel Shame, (2 Person Exhibition), Antisocial Gallery, Vancouver BC
2004 Gallery Artists, Kimzey Miller Gallery, Seattle WA
2001 The Five Show, Josh's Storefront on Main, Vancouver BC