Mike Bayne.

September 25, 2011 § 1 Comment

When I first saw Bayne’s paintings I thought I was looking at Alec Soth‘s photographs. But, obviously, I was wrong. Which was cool, for once, because I remain a lover of photorealism. Ever since taking a “Theoretical Constructions of Space” graduate class I’ve been rethinking suburban architecture and spatiality. We tend to underestimate how the space(s) we exist in affect our mood, interpretation, lives. We’d be remiss to not acknowledge how where we dwell is often also how we dwell.

From Bayne’s website:
“Mike Bayne’s exquisitely rendered paintings capture North American scenes that are familiar and iconic. At first glance, they are often mistaken for small photographs; yet, they somehow capture a reality that photographs are unable to. There is an aura of the unbelievable in Bayne’s deliberately banal subjects, a determined skill that precisely captures every nuance of the scene — the isolation, the stillness, the quality of light, the richness of colour, the extreme attention to detail in every reflection, every surface, every blade of grass. While Bayne’s work commonly depicts human absence and isolation, the viewer often gets a sense of “being there,” the result of such an accurate depiction.” –Katharine Mulherin

Red Brick (2008)

Pink House (2009)

315 Norman Rogers (2009)

Storage (2009)

Nibourg (2009)

BGM (2009)

Downtown Owl (2010)



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