Exhibitions    Refuge

25.10.13 to 12.11.13

 

 

 

Solo Exhibition: Refuge 

Kingston Arts Centre

 

Drawing on Modernist architecture in this body of work Walker explores the relationship between buildings in the landscape and the interior view. 

 

Upon reading Alain De Botton's The Architecture of Happiness this beautifully researched book reaffirms spaces we inhabit can profoundly affect our happiness, wellbeing and inspiring surrounds can have a positive affect on our lives.

 

In this exhibit Refuge, the transparency of ‘Glass houses’ allows the landscape to enter the space. Modernist buildings are re-imagined and placed onto fictitious locations. Iconic 1949 Phillip Johnson’s Glass house setting, a 47 acre woodland Connecticut, is re-set and relocated with a mountain view. Another picture Glass house setting is with a sea view. Farnsworth House by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, 1945-51, is re-imagined with a mountain view in clouds.

 

The thread joining the architecture of Robyn Boyd, Harry Siedler, Lina Bo Bardi, Philip Johnson, Frank Lloyd Wright, and more recently DCM, Todd Saunders and Kundig is nature. Nature plays a great consideration in their practice. The presence and inclusion of nature may be in a form of garden courtyard as in the case of Walsh St House, 1958 by Robin Boyd or tenuous positioning of build immersed in nature of Todd Saunders on Fogo Island Long Studio,2010 and Squish Studio, 2011. 

 

In the case of the Casa de Vidro (House of Glass) 1951, Lina bo Bardi offers an example of someone who had a clear vision about what she wished her buildings to do for the people who experienced them. 

 

It was also an instrument for experiencing the rich flora and fauna of its almost-tropical setting; built on a steep slope, and supported on slender‘pilotis’, it gradually became enveloped by trees.” 

Rowan Moore, The Architectural review, 2012

 

In this suite of works there is an inclusion of interiors.  An item of furniture, a favourite chair and bookcase reminds the viewer of an inhabited space. Some pictures as in ‘Seated View’, offers a place for contemplation as does ‘Interior with Teapot and View’.  In these interiors the landscape is hinted with light from within. A painting on the wall as in ‘Courtyard View‘ hints at the possibility ‘our rooms can align us to creative desirable and reflective versions of ourselves.’

The Architecture of Happiness, Alain de Botton.

   

 

 

 

 

Glass house interior with Poussin Painting (The Burial of Phocian) by Toni Walker

Glass house interior with Poussin Painting (The Burial of Phocian)  2013

oil and liquin on canvas

91.5 x 107cm

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Tripod Chair in Glass House (Lina Bo Bardi) by Toni Walker

Tripod Chair in Glass House (Lina Bo Bardi)  2013

oil & liquin on canvas

91.5 x 107 cm

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Seated View by Toni Walker

Seated View  2013

oil & liquin on canvas

50.8 x 50.8cm.

Quiet Space with Sculpture by Toni Walker

Quiet Space with Sculpture  2013

oil & liquin on canvas

50.8 x 50.8cm

Courtyard View by Toni Walker

Courtyard View  2013

oil & liquin on canvas

50.8 x 50.8cm

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Interior with Teapot and View by Toni Walker

Interior with Teapot and View  2013

oil & liquin on canvas

50.8 x 50.8cm

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Interior View with Wegner Chair by Toni Walker

Interior View with Wegner Chair  2013

oil & liquin on canvas

50.8 x 50.8cm

Study - Favorite Books by Toni Walker

Study - Favorite Books  2013

oil & liquin on canvas

15.2 x 15.2cm

Study - Quiet Space with Sculpture by Toni Walker

Study - Quiet Space with Sculpture  2013

oil & liquin on canvas

15.2 x 15.2cm

Study - Interior with Teapot and View by Toni Walker

Study - Interior with Teapot and View  2013

oil & liquin on canvas

15.2 x 15.2cm

Study - Retro Red Chair by Toni Walker

Study - Retro Red Chair  2013

oil & liquin on canvas

15.2 x 15.2cm

Study - Interior View with Wegner Chair by Toni Walker

Study - Interior View with Wegner Chair  2013

oil & liquin on canvas

15.2 x 15.2cm

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Study - Fruit Bowl & View by Toni Walker

Study - Fruit Bowl & View  2013

oil & liquin on canvas

15.2 x 15.2cm

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Study - Vases & View by Toni Walker

Study - Vases & View  2013

oil & liquin on canvas

15.2 x 15.2cm

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Study - Interior View with Book by Toni Walker

Study - Interior View with Book  2013

oil & liquin on canvas

15.2 x 15.2cm

Study - Courtyard View by Toni Walker

Study - Courtyard View  2013

oil & liquin on canvas

15.2 x 15.2cm

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Farnsworth in the Clouds by Toni Walker

Farnsworth in the Clouds  2013

oil, wax & liquin on canvas

50.8 x 50.8cm

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Seidler - Roses New View by Toni Walker

Seidler - Roses New View  2013

oil, wax & liquin on canvas

50.8 x 50.8cm

Great Escape Artist Studio - Saunders Long Studio by Toni Walker

Great Escape Artist Studio - Saunders Long Studio  2013

oil & liquin on canvas

91.5 x 107cm

Great Escape Philip Johnson Glass House Sea View by Toni Walker

Great Escape Philip Johnson Glass House Sea View  2013

oil, wax & liquin on canvas

107cm x 120.5cm

Great Escape Philip Johnson Glass House, Mountain View by Toni Walker

Great Escape Philip Johnson Glass House, Mountain View  2013

oil, wax & liquin on canvas

120.5cm x 120.5cm

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Great Escape Artist Studio - Saunders Squish Studio by Toni Walker

Great Escape Artist Studio - Saunders Squish Studio  2012

oil & liquin on linen

76.2 x 50.8cm

Seidler, Rose Seidler House by Toni Walker

Seidler, Rose Seidler House  2013

oil & liquin on linen

20.3 x 25.4cm

Boyd - Marriott House 1 by Toni Walker

Boyd - Marriott House 1  2013

oil & liquin on linen

20.3 x 25.4cm

Boyd - Marriott House 2 by Toni Walker

Boyd - Marriott House 2  2013

oil & liquin on linen

20.3 x 25.4cm

DCM - View Hill House by Toni Walker

DCM - View Hill House  2013

oil, wax & liquin on canvas

30.2 x 14.8cm

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DCM - Wilson House by Toni Walker

DCM - Wilson House  2013

oil & liquin on linen

30.5 x 25.4cm

Godsell - Glenburn House by Toni Walker

Godsell - Glenburn House  2013

oil, liquin & wax on canvas

30.2 x 14.8cm

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Kundig Cabin by Toni Walker

Kundig Cabin  2013

oil & liquin on linen

15.2 x 15.2cm

Godsell - Glenburn House by Toni Walker

Godsell - Glenburn House  2013

oil & liquin on linen

15.2 x 15.2cm