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Gray Metal – jewelry cast from beach plastic

January 6, 2019

Gray Metal – jewelry cast from beach plastic

Well before the most recent wave of coverage of the crisis of plastic accumulating in our oceans, jeweler and artist Jesse Gray of Gray Metal started picking up beach plastic on Vancouver Island and casting some of it into jewelry.

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The Log’s Log by Carole Itter, 1972-3

March 9, 2017

The Log’s Log by Carole Itter, 1972-3

Fittingly this book arrived in the mail on Iternational Women’s Day. I’ve always wanted a copy of it. Only 1000 were printed so I was surprised I could get one.

The book is documentation of an extended artwork by Vancouver artist Carole Itter in which she found a yellow cedar log on the beach in BC, cut it in pieces, put handles on each segment, wrapped them in canvas and took the entire log with her as baggage to Nova Scotia via the Canadian National railway.

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Artist Jeremy Deller’s 2001 “Battle of Orgreave” – restaging a violent clash of the 1984 UK miners’ strike

April 15, 2013

Artist Jeremy Deller’s 2001 “Battle of Orgreave” – restaging a violent clash of the 1984 UK miners’ strike

In 2001 UK artist Jeremy Deller restaged the Battle of Orgreave, a violent 1984 clash between Yorkshire miners and police during the UK miners’ strike, and one of the many dark events of the Thatcher years.

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Artist George Norris (1928-2013), creator of Vancouver’s popular giant steel crab sculpture

March 17, 2013

Artist George Norris (1928-2013), creator of Vancouver’s popular giant steel crab sculpture

George Norris, the artist who made what is arguably Vancouver’s most famous piece of public art—a giant steel crab in front of the Vancouver Museum and Planetarium—has died in Victoria.  

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Everybody works but the vacant lot

February 17, 2013

Everybody works but the vacant lot


Everybody works but the vacant lot, Henry George as quoted by Fay Lewis

This is a parody artwork at Vancouver’s 221A Artist-Run Centre, parodying the “Micro Loft” building being erected next door to it in the current lightning-fast condo land rush taking place in Chinatown.

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Designer Tobias Wong at the Museum of Vancouver

September 19, 2012

Designer Tobias Wong at the Museum of Vancouver

A retrospective of the work of Vancouver designer Tobias Wong (1974-2010) opens tonight at the Museum of Vancouver. It’s curated by Todd Falkowsky who, along with his colleagues at the Canadian Design Resource, has perhaps done more to promote Canadian design and designers than anyone else, at least in the last decade. 

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Karl Mattson’s sour gas escape pod, Rolla B.C.

July 23, 2012

Karl Mattson’s sour gas escape pod, Rolla B.C.


Pod at Sweetwater 905 Festival 2012. 

Karl Mattson, an artist and filmmaker from the town of Rolla in Northern B.C., produced this “escape pod” artwork last year.  

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