The View: Fitzgerald & Lyle Streets

"Fitzgerald & Lyle Streets" by Brian Hotson.

Artist Brian Hotson finds Halifax’s beauty in the unnoticed

Brian Hotson’s work starts with photographs of pay phones, recycling bins, sheds, and utility poles: the things and forms of life, “embedded with us, and mostly unnoticed.”

Brian Hotson. Photo: Submitted

Hotson abstracts these forms, imbuing them with vivid light and colour — simultaneously modern and nostalgic. His work asks viewers to consider what we notice, asserting the energy of the unnoticed, the radiance of the ordinary. See his work at the Dart Gallery on Portland Street in Dartmouth. He is also participating in the upcoming exhibition Spectra, running May 29 to June 19 at the Ice House Gallery in Tatamagouche. 

From the artist: “The bridges are central to how Dartmouth and Halifax work. On this corner, Fitzgerald & Lyle, you can see where the bridge sits. I use this colour palette to create abstract architecture to refocus perception of everyday things, especially those deeply embedded into our routines.” 

Date: 2021 
Medium: Giclée print on watercolour paper 
Size: 11” x 14” 

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