Evan Lovett & Nick Baxter
September 1st - 3oth, 2017
Devoid debuts a collection of new paintings by Evan Lovett and Nick Baxter focused on modern relics and ruins, each capturing overlooked and abandoned places that have seemingly been forgotten and left behind.
The collection intends to not only to document these places as a reminder of the past, but also use these places as a window into our possibly future as ecosystems reclaim themselves against the wreckage of civilization and reassert their natural urge to grow.
“As artists, we wish to reclaim our conquered world on our own terms, finding inspiration everywhere in order to breathe new life into the mundane landscapes we inhabit. The intentional adventure of urban exploration reveals feral spaces speckling the controlled environment we live in and move through. The images in this exhibit were the result of such forays into the unglamorous corners of the local landscape, past the no trespassing signs. Many of them were in fact painted on location in those very pockets of forbidden urban and suburban topography. They serve as quiet documents of the overlooked, inviting us to reconsider the ordinary or abandoned spaces in our surroundings: now devoid of humanity, yet still containing the markings and memory of life left behind. “ - Evan Lovett and Nick Baxter