Inspired by a quote from architect Le Corbusier who wrote that "A house is a machine for living in", I wanted to consider the "machines" that are a vital adjunct to the city. The paintings in this series are portraits of the structures, devices and tools necessary for living in an urban setting. This includes transportation devices such as taxis and subways that move us above and below the streets; transitional areas of lobbies and waiting rooms that function to sort and guide us from exterior to interior spaces; and bank machines which provide a street level interface to connect us to financial networks.
These are the "Machines for Living" of the modern city.
PETER HARRIS attended the University of Waterloo, graduating with a B.A. in painting in 1997. He has exhibited in both Canada and the United States and has received several awards including Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Grant and Waterloo Region Arts Fund project grant. Harris' work is found in numerous private and corporate collections throughout North America and Europe, including Colart Collection, Montreal; KLSAL, Erfurt, Germany and OPSEU, Toronto.
Peter Harris lives and works in Toronto.
PETER HARRISIn Transit January 22 - February 19, 2022
PETER HARRISMACHINES FOR LIVING March 30 - April 20, 2019On Saturday, March 30th, 2019 Mira Godard Gallery was pleased to open 'Machines for Living', an exhibition of new paintings by PETER HARRIS. PETER HARRIS attended the University of Waterloo,...Read more
PREVIEW 2019Nathan Birch, Victor Cicansky, Lindee Climo, Holly Farrell, Peter Harris, Fabian Jean, Phil Richards, Richard York January 5 - 26, 2019