Wednesday, December 7, 2016


Associative thinking is something many of us engage in. A lot of resonant art is made that way, but a lot of lazy art too.

At its worst, associative thinking is a kind of junk food -- it is fun, it fills the gap, then it makes us feel bad for having succumbed to it.

As a Vancouverite I cannot help but look at other urban centres through the city I was born and raised in. If the Eldorado Hotel is to Kelowna what the Sylvia Hotel is to Vancouver, then the same could be said of Kelowna's Towne Centre Mall to Vancouver's Kingsgate Mall.

At bottom is a kiosk at the south end of Kelowna's Towne Centre Mall. On the upper rack are rings, earrings, necklaces and tea cups; on the lower rack, knives, knives, knives and knives.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016



Monday, December 5, 2016

Return to Vendor

So what you're saying Mr. YLW Vending Machine is, If I want a Peppermint Aero Bar, I have to buy my way through a Mars Bar first?

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Saving Face > Saving the Facade

Unable to maintain its earthquake-unfriendly May Wah Hotel (home to over 100 elderly residents, most of them women), the Shon Yee Benevolent Association had no choice but to put the building up for sale. Asking price: 11.5 million dollars.

The Vancouver Chinatown Association was interested, and secured a loan from the provincial government to purchase the building towards its preservation as housing and as a cultural artifact. However, when the VCA learned that 5 million dollars in structural upgrades was required (I assume this is what the provincial loan was to offset), it reduced its offer to 8 million and the Shon Yee Benevolent Association said no.

For more on the story it might help to look back in time to comments made by Shon Yee Benevolent Association past president Mike Jang and realtor Erik Kwok in this June 20, 2016 CBC report.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Simultaneous Visions (1912)

Reverse high-angle view of Carrall Street from Hastings Street by Umberto Boccioni.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Faster Than Futurism? Than Fascism? But Without the Violence?

"The speed with which the neoliberal system wipes out memory is incredible," writes Tariq Ali in the December 2016 issue of Artforum. This is particularly frightening from a system as slow as that which Jeff Dersken has characterized as a "long moment."

Image above: Althea Thauberger, Carrall Street (Powell Street), 2008-2009. Digital c-print. An image from WE Vancouver. (Courtesy of Artspeak Gallery/ Vancouver Art Gallery)