Now that I live in laid-back Nova Scotia, summertime is a mix of sweet seaside breeze and mellow sunshine… but once upon a time I lived in the Summer sweaty city of Toronto. (Don’t jump on me Torontonians. I have some mad love for the TDot.) When I look at the van series by Kevin Cyr, I am brought back to my summers living in Toronto and working in New York.
Visit a big, busy city and your chances of seeing dinged, graffiti decorated vehicles are pretty high. And sure they drive around and make deliveries in the winter. But when I see these super realistic Cyr vehicles, it is as if I am sitting on my Jarvis Street stoop watching the heat rise off the pavement and listening to the honks of horns and the screeching of tires.
Themes of commercial enterprise and working class economies in Kevin Cyr’s work are undeniable. What I think is so interesting is how he takes his working class vehicles out of their element, the city, and positions them against a cool, plain background giving them a place of importance. He likens his vehicle paintings to portraits.
Kevin Cyr lives and works in New York.