Archive for the ‘Canadian design’ Category

Colonial aesthetics and Ralph Lauren

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

In a direct line from my earlier post on the heritage hipster style as a settler colonial aesthetic, here is another exhibit in the colonial museum of fashion: Ralph Lauren using genocide-era vintage photographs of native men in western dress as part of its recent marketing campaign. Not surprisingly this campaign has not gone down well. Sherman Alexie This week in colonial propaganda masquerading as history, we have Ralph Lauren …read more

Settler & pioneer “heritage hipster” styles in the age of Idle No More, Chinatown gentrification, &c.

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Men in British Columbia, 1859, one in a newly discovered collection of early photographs of white settlers and First Nations in B.C. Via Vancouver Sun © Royal British Columbia Museum, reprinted with permission An abridged version of this essay has been published in the May/June 2015 issue of Briarpatch Magazine I am probably as bored of casual hipster-slagging as you are. In fact I may be as fed up with …read more

A friend put this captioned magazine page through my mailbox

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

This made me laugh quite hard. Also, courtesy of the enjoyable fuckyournoguchitable tumblr: antlers, actual real taxidermy, fake taxidermy, steer skull and cardboard antlers. Meanwhile, as Vancouver’s historic Chinatown gets very quickly gentrified–evacuations of historic businesses, sales and demolitions of buildings, and the erection of new glass luxury condos—we see it filling up with upscale little restaurants and cafes full of… antlers. This white man’s pioneer or settler style, circa …read more

“The Olympics have always been a little gay”

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Don’t you want me, baby? Ad by the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion. Via nextimpulsesports.

Vancouver Airport plans “luxury outlet” mall, bastard child of Disneyland and Bouncy Castle

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Trying to laugh instead of cry over the announcement by Vancouver airport of a kitsch faux-nineteenth century monstrosity of a “luxury outlet mall” next to our quite attractive, Pacific NW contemporary airport with its forest water features, stunning aquariums and significant First Nations art.

Update on the Ming Sun Building – low-income housing in Vancouver’s boomtown architecture threatened

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Orange Cars Powell, 1973, Photo reprinted by kind permission of Equinox Gallery and Fred Herzog. (Contact the gallery if you’re interested in purchasing one of this edition of 20.) The Ming Sun Building is still standing. So far. Please see the previous post on the building, written in December when its survival seemed even more precarious. The Restore 439 Powell group posted the above photo today. Thanks to eminent Vancouver …read more