“To be away from home and yet to feel oneself everywhere at home; to see the world, to be at the centre of the world, and yet to remain hidden from the world—impartial natures which the tongue can but clumsily define. The spectator is a prince who everywhere rejoices in his incognito.”
- Charles Baudelaire, The Painter of Modern Life and Other Essays, 1863
On the way to your corner coffee shop, you pass a myriad of people.
Not necessarily anyone you know or know of.
The buildings surrounding you are housing a majority of strangers you will never meet. Yet, some of them you may, in a second or a year.
More than half of the world’s population live in cities.
This is a conscious decision. Wanting to live in a concrete jungle.
Wanting to be one of many, standing out but also disappearing in the crowd.
There is a long history of landscape painting glorifying nature and the life lived remotely. This exhibition showcases artists working with the urban landscape as their main focus, highlighting details of the environment that so many of us are surrounded by; how we live, how we move about, how we watch, how we are being watched and catered to by the urban system.