Urban Canopy is an exhibition focused on the inherent beauty of our everyday surroundings. It celebrates the blending of the industrial and the natural within our daily environs, tracking the ebb and flow between the two over time.
Much like the artists of theNew Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape exhibit of 1975 set out to capture the “aesthetic of the banal” and the growing industrialization of the natural environment, the artists ofUrban Canopy have selected work that reflects the fusion of concrete and flora in the spaces where we live and work. How do these “landscapes” shift and shape our cultural identity?
InUrban Canopy, each artist delivers a unique perspective through the varied mediums of photography, oil painting and mixed media. Chris Suspect’s Lee Friedlander inspired use of the 35mm Leica in capturing the stark landscape contrasts with Christine Monaco’s organic use of mixed media in creating natural form. Bronwyn King’s painted interpretations of Ed Ruscha’s Twenty Six Gasoline Stations echoes the desolate feeling imparted from Kathleen Geldard’s digital manipulation of deserted industry.
The initial offering from Studio SoHy,Urban Canopy, speaks to the sense that as our communities change over time, so do our perceptions of the places we inhabit. It is where this tension between growth and decay exists that we contextualize the cycle of our own lives.
The exhibit runs from March 21 to July 31, 2015. Explore samples of each artists' work below and to learn more about their projects and work.