July 10th, 2015
These are photos of a solo show of stencil work by street artist, I Heart. It was up for two days in June before the City of Vancouver had it painted over.
I’m not sure why they were in such a hurry to erase it from the walls of the Granville Bridge underpass when plenty of previous graffiti had been left up there for years. Was it such a big deal that the artist hadn’t asked permission to do this? I’m sure only The City cared about that. This unexpected bit of street art elevated the space, and gave passerby something to think about, talk about, and interact with.
This was clearly a thoughtful exhibition of work but the City of Vancouver did not deal with it in a thoughtful way. Apparently we are better off with looking at drab grey walls than art.
I would love for Vancouver to have a thriving street art scene the way Toronto does. I think it’s an important part of the cultural landscape, and it’s a way to bring art to the public and make it accessible. I’m trying to figure out how to make this happen.
June 22nd, 2015
My friend Christina Norberg co-hosted a Vancouver Draw Down event with me on Saturday at The Leeway. We had the terrific support of Lauren and Jacqueline, two of the technicians from Emily Carr Continuing Studies. They set up all the lovely grey drawing paper across the tables, and provided us with drawing tools of all sorts.
The largest collaborative drawing was about 14.5 feet long, with a few of the other tables set up for people to work on as well. There were about forty people who dropped in throughout the day, and many of them stayed with us for half an hour or more.
The idea was to work with mark making with a focus on simple shapes and lines. Christina and I made sure to work on the drawing all day long to make it into a cohesive piece. We also greeted and guided people into the space when they seemed hesitant.
I was drawing almost the entire four hours we ran the activity, which is probably the longest time I’ve spent drawing in one sitting. The finished collaborative work is pretty wonderful, and I’m hoping we can come up with a place to show and share it with more people.
June 8th, 2015
I visited Centre A gallery to see their latest show, We Are Woven Through with Strangers and Strangeness, featuring work by Richard Heikkilä-Sawan, Deborah Kisiel, Bianca Lee, Ceri Richards, and Risa Yokoi. This is a group show of installation work by emerging artists recently graduated from Emily Carr University and UBC.
I am very inspired by the work in this show, especially the three installations featured here (there are actually five).
Wall-mounted ceramic text piece by Deborah Kisiel.
Interactive installation of thread by Risa Yokoi.
An organically sprawling soft sculpture by Ceri Richards.
We Are Woven Through with Strangers and Strangeness continues at Centre A gallery until July 4th, 2015.