WORK: Collaborative Work

The Pleasant Matthews: ParalleL

For well more than a year I have been working on a really loose series of collaborative drawings with Eric Simons, Nick Lakowski, Nathan Matthews, and (on occasion) others. Nathan’s one part of a band called The Pleasant Matthews, which has just released the album ParalleL. It features some of the drawings we’ve produced together, and sounds really great!

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This Might Feel Like Home

Text I wrote for the Whispers Project on the side of Little Mountain Gallery forms the title for a verbatim theatre project, which runs November 14-16, 2013 at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House in Vancouver, Canada:

Run: November 14, 15 at 8p.m., November 16 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Star Star Theatre is pleased to present the premiere of a new play titled This Might Feel Like Home, curated by Mika Laulainen and Simone Brodie. This community engaged verbatim theatre project has been funded by the Neighbourhood Small Grants Program and will be playing at the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 E Broadway. Admission is by Donation. What makes a place a home? Is it art on the walls, your coffee pot, the smell of your old books? Coming home to a specific person or your two rescue cats? This Might Feel Like Home celebrates the Mount Pleasant community using real words from local residents. As diverse as we are, we all have something in common, something that truly makes Vancouver special…..We all choose to make this place our home.

Verbatim theatre, or documentary theatre, uses the exact words of interviewed individuals to create a theatre piece that is not only about a certain group of people, but also by that same group. This Might Feel Like Home explores the ideas of home, community, and housing in Mount Pleasant through the stories of six very different people who share our community with us.

Directed by Simone Brodie, This Might Feel Like Home features the talents of numerous emerging actors who make Mount Pleasant their home, including Erika Babins, Randi Edmundson, Mika Laulainen, Jonathan Mason, and Xavier de Salaberry. This Might Feel Like Home will run from November 14th to 16th at 8 p.m. with a matinee on November 16th at 2 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 E Broadway. For more information please contact Mika Laulainen.

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A Whisper at the Hotel Del Mar is the backdrop for the cover photo of the August 9-15, 2012 edition of WE Vancouver.

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This might feel like home. 195 East 26th Avenue, Vancouver, Canada.

I have contributed text to another Whispers Project mural, which reads: “If only the colors were a little different, this might feel like home.” This Whisper can be seen alongside other mural and graffiti art upon the sides of Little Mountain Gallery in Vancouver, Canada.

Whispers Project is a series of typographic murals located around Vancouver, and is coordinated by Eli Horn and Jordan Bent in collaboration with local writers.

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A Whisper at the Hotel Del Mar. 2012. 553 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, Canada.
Photos by Lina Fitzner.

THE MORNING OF THE SALE, EVERYONE WAS OUT THERE WAITING FOR THE DOORS TO OPEN. THEY ALL WANTED WHAT THEY’D SEEN IN THOSE PICTURES.

Whispers Project has updated its website with details about A Whisper at the Hotel Del Mar, a mural in Downtown Vancouver featuring text I wrote. Whispers Project explains that:

The Del Mar is a hotel downtown at 553 Hamilton Street well known for the owner’s stance that the building remain dedicated to providing low-income housing. It is also currently home to the Or Gallery, a foundational artistic institution in Vancouver, and already features a beautiful text piece by artist Kathryn Walter which emblazons the words “Unlimited growth increases the divide” across the building’s face.

Whispers Project is a series of typographic murals located around Vancouver, and is coordinated by Eli Horn and Jordan Bent in collaboration with local writers. The project is primarily concerned with expression and public space:

The Whispers were designed to reference the scale and style of commercial hand-lettering, but intended to communicate creative content instead of the commercial sales pitch. Enabled by barriers of economy and policy, the medium of advertising appears to have monopolized the realm of large-scale public communication. Despite the term ‘public space’ being commonly accepted as equating a sort of commons of the people, most of the physical property in our city is either privately owned, or highly regulated. While plenty of space has been made available for voices willing to pay (namely advertisers), the simple expression of an individual without economic means is rendered illegal.

There are currently two Whispers, and more are planned. Further information about each mural – as well as a map marking their locations – is available on the Whispers Project website.

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A Whisper at the Hotel Del Mar. 2012. 553 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, Canada.
Photos by Lexane Rousseau.

Text that I contributed to Whispers Project has been installed as a mural at 553 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, Canada. Whispers Project is a series of typographic murals located around Vancouver, and is coordinated by Eli Horn and Jordan Bent in collaboration with local writers:

Obscured in their isolation the words gain new context from their surroundings and speak for more than a single author. Drawing on the finality of commercial hand-lettering and the immediacy of graffiti, Whispers will develop a language which is driven neither by capital nor dissent, but by the inquisitive exploration of human experience in this urban landscape.

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