ART: Kevin Cyr’s American landscape

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Kevin Cyr work varies from paintings and drawings to sculptures and installations. His subjects range from graffitied delivery vans to trailer plots. Cyr is sensitive to the materialism that clouds American culture. By capturing vehicles that have been buried in spray paint or trailers surrounded and maybe hidden by forest, Cyr illustrates a reminder of what is left behind as we search for the next best thing.

Such foreboding subjects allow him Cyr to, “document a time and place, and to make still a part of the ever-changing environment.” By repainting and recreating an extensive set of delivery vans, ” Cyr meditates on the form and function of such vehicles that fill in the gaps between taxi cabs in New York City and Brooklyn. Through his work Cyr also pays homage to street art as it appears on the vehicles. This characterizes as well as familiarizes a vehicle as a part of its urban environment.
In an interview with VNA magazine Cyr talks about what role the graffiti plays in his work,
“I’m a bit torn about graffiti. I really like how it defines New York and its great tha twriters have a way to express themselves, but sometimes I feel bad for property owners, especially when a shitty tag goes up. It’s partly liking the gritty aesthetic of graffiti, but it’s also about documenting a vehicle’s transition.”
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Cyr’s mobile home projects are severely unique. By constructing living quarters attached to a bicycle and a shopping cart, Cyr poses the quesiton, how much do we really need? These mobile homes evoke a sense of constant and consistent mobility paired with a structure to meet our basic human needs creates an aspiring transient of the viewer.
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Best of all, are Cyr’s pencil drawings. Americana, as it were, is carved with pencil into a white 2-D space. These drawings, in just one scene tell a story, evoke humble charm, and capture a very unique perspective on the American landscape.
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If you are in the San Francisco area you can view Cyr’s work in an upcoming exhibition entitled, Home in the Weeds, beginning on April 30, 2011 at 941 Geary.

Written By,

Mary Smith

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