Eagle-eyed readers may have spotted that I have a soft spot for images of mundane landscapes. I’m particularly fond of photorealist paintings of these kind of landscapes and I think that’s why I’m really drawn to these paintings by Irish artist Colin Martin.
The images come from a series of work called A Minor Place and they focus on the architecture and environments of leisure. They are empty, vacant spaces and yet they feel unthreatening. For Martin, the staring point for this work came from the architect Robert Venturi. Venturi believes that these types of spaces are non-hierarchal and anti-judgmental. Because of this, buildings designed for leisure can surpasses High Modernism in their ability to create spaces that give their inhabitants what they want as opposed to what they need. It’s a fascinating theory in regards to architecture and space but really it’s the pure aesthetics of Martin’s work that draws me in. You can view the complete set of works from this series online here.