Obsessed with this artist, Callum Morton. I was driving down the EastLink Freeway in Melbourne a while ago and I saw this Hotel, or so it seemed .. I drove past it so fast I could barely get my head around to see what it was, it said “HOTEL” at the top, but it appeared to be a small scale model of a hotel, (still 20 meters high, I later found out). It was in a completely random area with nothing around it and much too close to the freeway to be functional. I didn’t think too much of it at the time, but it really intrigued me and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. Again, today I thought about it so I finally looked up “hotel sculpture M11” in Google and much to my surprise it came straight up and thus, I discovered Callum Morton!
Here’s a CG image of what I saw. I just LOVE it! I've always loved miniature buildings and towns (remember 'The Traffic School', anyone? Ha! I loved riding my bike around the mini bank, mini petrol station, the mini traffic lights and train station with the boom gate .. Ugh! I loved it) Although this to me, as intriguing as it is, is also a little sad and depressing as its so lonely.. I looked up Anna Schwartz Gallery whom he is represented by to find out more!
I discovered many other art installations like this one above that are equally as cool. This one is in Istanbul done in 2005 named Stonewash.
Callum has a Bachelor Of Architecture which is very evident in his work – this is a set design he did for the Melbourne Theatre Company, 2103. He also has a Bachelor Of Fine Art for painting and a Master of Fine art for sculpture from RMIT university in Melbourne (although he was born in Canada, he is Melbourne based) I also found these digital prints he does, they’re so visually pleasing to me. They remind me of another Artist I love, Ed Ruscha and his gas station paintings. This image above is a 7eleven in Farnshaven, Illinois, 2001.
Finally, well not finally – there are many other works I love and should be seen but finally for my post I wanted to feature this digital print – not only do I have a soft spot for Maccas (I know, I know, terrible!) but this particular one is in Wahroonga, NSW. That’s where I was born! All digital prints are editions of 30. For more info go to – www.annaschwartzgallery.com