After the ‘risky business’ with Ai Weiwei’s installation, I headed towards Alberni Street, walking up Bute (in Vancouver.) More art surprises awaited me.
Street medallion, Vancouver
The medallions (not manhole covers, as I originally thought) are by Susan A. Point, a Coast Salish artist from British Columbia. Susan Point works in all media: from fine art prints to stained glass windows to House Posts and Welcome Figures….there are many images to enjoy on her website.
It took a bit of research to find out about these artworks. Vancouver has a Public Art Registry, which is amazing in its scope. Imagine living in a city that values public art, AND keeps track of it. (sigh)
…RISK OF INJURY.“
It was a beautiful day in Vancouver, and I was out walking by Coal Harbour. When I read those words I thought, “Hmm….could it be? I may have found the Ai Weiwei installation!” A while ago I had heard, and then subsequently forgotten, that there was public artwork by Weiwei in the city. The DO NOT CROSS RISK OF INJURY definitely piqued my imagination and curiosity.
Sure enough, there it was.
Ai Weiwei The F Grass, Vancouver photo by T. Vatrt
Because of its low profile, one has to be intentional, or in my case, lucky to find it…..or live in the neighbourhood.
Ai Weiwei installation, Vancouver photo by T. Vatrt
F Grass is part of the Vancouver Biennale Open Air Museum. Here’s a link to participate in the What the F? movement against the kind of censorship Ai Weiwei has experienced.
Definitely risky business.
Ai Weiwei The F Grass photo by T. Vatrt
Malaspina Printmakers (on Granville Island) in Vancouver is 40 years old. It’s an artist-run centre whose mandate is to support the development of printmaking as a contemporary art form and promotes and preserves traditional print practice.
Their current show, And they thought, where do we go from here? features works from the seven founding members.
In 1975, Gary Bowden, Chris Brady, Bob Evermon, Monique Fouquet, Michael Joliffe, Deborah Koenker and Renee Van Halm were all associated with the Vancouver School of Art, which is now the Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Malaspina Printmakers came out of their desire to apply for funds for an international print exhibition. They took the initiative to found the structure of the non-profit, including the incorporation, purposes and bylaws.
Forty years later, many of these people have moved on from Malaspina Printmakers, but the centre continues to support the fine art of printmaking.
…at the Elissa Cristall Gallery. The artwork, by Eric Louie, immediately grabbed my attention (despite the cute Scottish terrier padding around the space.) They are vaguely landscape-ish, and definitely architectural. The colour palette is striking: mostly cool, with the imposition of unexpected accents. The paint is beautifully blended. Polka dots and dashes are used judiciously.
Edifice by Eric Louie
Visor by Eric Louie
304 by Eric Louie
The work seems controlled, and planned, but with a particular sense of softness, despite all the sharp angles. Once or twice a drip of paint is allowed, not marring the surface, but completing it.
Eric Louie was born in the U.S. and now lives in Vancouver. But guess where he had his first art lessons? Yes, Winnipeg. As a child, he took classes at the Winnipeg Art Gallery Studio programs. There it is again–Winnipeg as an incubator for visual artists.
You’re not really surprised, are you?