Medrie MacPhee

Invisible City (For Calvino)

1997
As the title suggests, "Opera" imagines the industrial site as a dramatic and operatic stage with large-scale mechanical performers. The industrial structures are anthropomorphized by both the painting’s title and the resemblance of the forms to the human body. In "Invisible Cities", numerous disc-like forms supported by long wavering stems conjure one of the Italian author Italo Calvino’s dream cities. Perhaps this imaginary metropolis belongs to a post-industrial future where architecture takes inspiration from plants and networks.
Title
Invisible City (For Calvino)
Date
1997
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
212.2 x 162.4 x 4 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Gift of Sean Nakatani, Burnaby, British Columbia, 2000
Accession number
40608