I found a new artist to oogle over. I saw Morgan Craig's painting on Saatchi Online, one of my favorite online sources for art. Morgan is a hugely talented artist that paints abandoned buildings, like old factories, asylums, and prisons. When I saw his work, I was immediately drawn to it. There is so much energy and movement in his paintings and he captures the light in the spaces so well. They're extremely captivating. I feel like I could stare at them for hours. However, I think I'm more drawn to the subject matter. I have a thing for spaces. I find the places people occupy to be extremely interesting and revealing. When looking at a painting or photograph of a space, especially an interior space, I get nosey and want to know the story behind it. Who spent time in the space? What did they do in the space? I could go on and on. After a little research, I found that Morgan, too, was interested in more than just the physical state of a place. This is what his he wrote on his website:
"I believe that architectural structures act as both repositories and as vehicles for memory by profoundly influencing culture and identity and by providing a tangible framework through which facets of a society can be expressed. I have been inspired to build a body of work dealing with how identity is influenced by the types of architectural edifices present in a given landscape. All must take into account the forgotten factory, asylum, or prison. Neglected, ignored, or often instilling rancor in the public, these buildings paradoxically offer one the most scintillating of subject matter: how beautiful the bitter pill. My work is not merely a method of documentation, but a visual forum where one may question what it is about these edifices that instills such emotion in people. While evidence of these pasts or present-day difficulties may not be pleasant, I feel it imperative that societies realize their impact on the past, present, and future concepts of identity and history."
So....yea......what he said.....