Monday, October 5, 2015

A small room inside a bay window. A single bed, a table and chair, and a sink. I could manage something larger, with more conveniences, but I could never match the view.

What does the world want said about it today? What is its conversation? Shootings, trade deals, a woman's right to hide her face in public?

I want to write about a park bench whose dedication defines its subject as a mother, a sister, a wife and a daughter. Her dates tell us she lived just long enough to be cornered by these relationships, and that she loved penguins, apricots and sunny fall mornings.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Picture from Falkland

At some point this afternoon I will pass that biker's pie stop known as Falkland.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Picture from Kamloops

A postcard of the Davy Crockett Motel, early-1960s.

Tomorrow I travel to the Kamloops Art Gallery for the opening of a survey exhibition on the work of Kevin Schmidt.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Picture from Iona Island

A 2013 picture taken at Iona Island, before the City of Richmond began its ruthless "clean up" of what is now a peninsula's paths and beaches.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Picture from Vancouver

The containers in Stan Douglas's Damaged Containers, Mitchell Island (2001) are arranged in no particular order. Whether they are awaiting repair or disassembly is uncertain. Point is they are unusable and, as shipping containers, have been taken out of circulation.

When I first saw this picture, I thought of visual art itself: from the early 20th century sculptors and their anxieties over industrialization, to Pop, Minimalism and conceptual art's interest in serial structures.

Douglas's stack of containers is and is not a serial form. It is a serial form because they are containers; it is not a serial form because each is different from the other, either by design or through wear.

The first thing I thought of when I saw Herzog & de Mueron's Vancouver Art Gallery design -- before a pagoda, an inuksuk and a stack of clothing boxes purchased during a Robson Street shopping spree -- was Douglas's picture.