Catherine O'Donnell - Urban Abstraction

Brutalist architecture of social housing

Urban Abstraction is a suite of drawings based on the Brutalist architecture of social housing in Paris and Sydney developed in the mid 1900s.

Art Exhibition previously on at MAY SPACE in Waterloo precinct, New South Wales, Australia.
From Wednesday 14 November 2018 to Sunday 02 December 2018

 Catherine O'Donnell, 'Sirius #2' 2018, charcoal and graphite on paper, 56 x 76cm, (paper size) 67 x 86cm, (framed with museum glass)  image

Published by MAY SPACE on Saturday 15 December 2018.
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In these geometric constructions I see simplicity of form, and it is this that captures my imagination. I draw what I regard as beautiful or interesting in order to highlight the power of the ordinary, commonplace architecture of the urban landscape. At first glance these qualities may not be evident, as these housing developments are not always given the same value as other housing. But to me, these buildings are so much more than the physical embodiment of the post-war utopian ideals and principles of European modernism. They have been and still are home for many people.

I use the representational forms of these places in a minimal, abstracted way. This allows me to explore the compositional potential and underlying symmetry of these dwellings. My drawings display order, abstraction, and geometry, as to elevate these structures through aesthetic contemplation, contradicting the ordinariness of their existence and allowing for the possibility of transcendence.