The View: Fitzgerald & Lyle Streets
"Fitzgerald & Lyle Streets" by Brian Hotson.
By Trevor J. Adams 4 May 2022 Share this story
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.”
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.”
Medium: Giclée print on watercolour paper
Size: 11” x 14”
Trevor has been a magazine editor and journalist in Halifax since 1998. He's won multiple Atlantic Journalism Awards and was shortlisted for the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence in 2014.
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