WORK: installation

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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Dicework I. Installation view, The University of Reading, England. 2008.Dicework I. 2008. Installation view: MFA Degree Show. 2008. The University of Reading, Reading, UK.

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Dicework I. Installation view, The University of Reading, England. 2008.Dicework I. 2008. Installation view: MFA Degree Show. 2008. The University of Reading, Reading, UK.

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Dicework I. Installation view, The University of Reading, England. 2008.Dicework I. 2008. Installation view: MFA Degree Show. 2008. The University of Reading, Reading, UK.

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Dicework I. Installation view, The University of Reading, England. 2008.Dicework I. 2008. Installation view: MFA Degree Show. 2008. The University of Reading, Reading, UK.

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Dicework I. Installation view, The University of Reading, England. 2008.Dicework I. 2008. Installation view: MFA Degree Show. 2008. The University of Reading, Reading, UK.

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Dicework I. Installation view, The University of Reading, England. 2008.Dicework I. 2008. Installation view: MFA Degree Show. 2008. The University of Reading, Reading, UK.

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Dicework I: Simple Ruleset 1 (No Deck). 2008.Dicework I: Simple Ruleset 1 (No Deck). 2008.

Requirements:

-4 six-sided dice, at least two of which must be unique in colour (one will be referred to as Unique Die 1, and the other as Unique Die 2).
-A painting surface.
-A variety of paints.
-A variety of brushes.
-Solvent.

Begin by rolling a single die. An even number establishes the orientation of the painting surface as landscape format, while an odd number establishes it as portrait format.

All subsequent rolls will involve all four dice. The outcome of each roll will instruct the painter as to how s/he shall proceed in creating the painting. Each roll represents a single step in the process. With the exception of a total wash/glaze over the painting surface (which must be completed in its entirety), each step ends at either the painter’s discretion or when the paint brush requires recharging with paint and/or solvent. The dice are then rolled again to establish what to do next.

When all four dice are rolled, the choice of the following options is determined:

Unique Die 1:

Establishes the size of brush utilised by the painter. A roll of 1 indicates the smallest size, while a roll of 6 indicates the largest size. Any number in between corresponds to a brush size proportionally scaled between the smallest and largest sizes.

Unique Die 2:

A roll of 1 or 6 results in no paint but only clean solvent being applied by the technique demanded by the dice (see below) for the duration of this turn. Any other outcome results in the use of paint in the application of technique. Choice of colour is left to the discretion of the painter.

Remaining Two Dice:

A roll of:

-2 results in a full wash/glaze over the painting surface.
-3 results in a splatter application of paint/solvent.
-4 results in a drip application of paint/solvent.
-5 results in (a) curved stroke(s) using a flat brush.
-6 results in (a) curved stroke(s) using a round or filbert brush.
-7 results in (a) straight or angular stroke(s) using a flat brush.
-8 results in (a) straight or angular stroke(s) using a round or filbert brush.
-9 results in a dab(bing) application of paint/solvent using a flat brush.
-10 results in a dab(bing) application of paint/solvent using a round or filbert brush.
-11 results in a splatter application of paint/solvent.
-12 results in a full wash/glaze over the painting surface.

There is no prescribed endpoint. The status of “completion” is awarded a painting at the discretion of the painter.

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