DRAWING, WRITING, ETC.:
–New Miscellany (2016-Present)
–Drawing Group (2015-Present)
–A slight so egregious it lingers beyond the dream (2015)
–The House without Orifices
–Oversized Beneath the Percolator
–Bonfire Night (2012)
–Whispers Project (2011-2012)
–Paolo vs. “The Man” (2011-2012)
–Dicework II (2008-2009)
–The Dead (2008)
–Dicework I (2008)
–The Messier Catalogue (2007)
–Brushstroke Diagrams (2006-2007)
–Tell Me What to Paint (2006)
Lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. Primarily interested in the following: a) Visual and textual lines; b) the antiseptic tempered by a quiver of the handmade; and c) the diagrammatic and/or explanatory, especially when cloaked in ostensible self-importance without necessarily being true, serious business. Adherence to stringent procedural methods allows for an iterative exploration of the above concepts ad infinitum [read more].
–Art for Life
–The Dead 2
–Hollingworth & Davie
–MAKE // BREAK // FIX
–The Pleasant Matthews
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Excerpts. 2009. Installation views: The Dead 2. 2009. Great Northern Way Campus, Vancouver, Canada. Photos by Jordy Hamilton.
Copies of my card from CARDED! 2012 recently arrived in the mail. They feature a downscaled image from this Excerpts entry on the front, and an abridged version of its text on the back. I have some extras. If you’d like one, contact me and I’ll mail you a card.
Photos from the show are now online. I didn’t anticipate being able to attend the event, but I managed to make it down for the last hour or so. It was a really fun evening with a great turnout, and there was some excellent art and illustration for trade and on display.
An image-text pairing from Excerpts will be available in trading card form at this year’s CARDED! An annual event since 2009, CARDED! Trading Card Art Show features the work of fifty artists reproduced on 2.5 x 3.5 in. cards, which are sold in $5, randomised five-packs the evening of the exhibition. For one night only trade cards while mingling and enjoying refreshments. Each card will also be displayed framed on the gallery walls.
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.
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.
Tickets are now on sale for the 18th Annual ART FOR LIFE Fine Art Auction (Saturday, November 26). The event is a fundraiser for The Vancouver Friends For Life Society, a non-profit organization offering complementary health services to those afflicted by life threatening illness. Two of my drawings will be in the silent auction portion of the evening.
The Vancouver Asian Film Festival is holding their annual auction fundraiser party Mind Your Bid-Ness this evening at the Biltmore Cabaret. There are live auctions, silent auctions, raffles, performances, and more on offer. One of my drawings from Excerpts is up for grabs too. This event was loads of fun last year. Come check it out tonight if you have the time. Doors open at 8pm.
The titles for my drawings on display at The Cheaper Show this evening have been heavily abridged due to formatting constraints. But if you pick one up tonight for a low $200 CAD, I’ll throw in a full paragraph-length title free of charge!
A couple of my drawings accompanied by a quote can be found on pages 10, 12, and 13 of The Western Front Society‘s FRONT Summer 2011 (and final) issue. The magazine is available free of charge at various locations around Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.
Erika Petro and C. Golding
Nelly César Marín
Paul Antony Carr