life at Burrardview

New studiomate

New studiomate

He’s a rather noisy Northern Flicker…..

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I’m on vacation this week…

I’m on vacation this week…

But I stumbled across a great Contemporary Art Gallery called Spalding House up in the hills of Honolulu that has the most wonderful sculpture garden…

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Sunny Sunday Workdays

Sunny Sunday Workdays

One of my favourite parts about working in the Park so far has been taking advantage of the sunny (and loooong) summer days to get some construction done on some upcoming projects. The good weather means I can take my work outside, which is a great place to unleash sandy, the orbital sander.

IMG_20150613_160113(1)Right now I’m working on a couple construction projects, making supporting architecture for projects (Window Gallery & The Burrardview Department of Information Services) that will be launched in the fall. This means a lot of construction with plywood, and a fair amount of sanding! Getting to do this outside in the sun had been great.

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I particularly like working outside on Sundays, as it gives me a chance to chat with people using the park. I’ve also been enjoying taking my research outside too:

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show me the money

show me the money

Hi! Welcome to the Burrard View Fieldhouse blog!

I’ve been here in residence for almost 3 months, which seems hard to believe. Most of my time so far (other than the gargantuan task of amalgamating my 3 former studio spaces into 1 space) has been spent planning for the next few years :| and applying for grants, which is an important, if somewhat tedious, part of working as an independent artist.

Thankfully that work has started to payoff! I just went to pick up the fruits of my first grant application: a cheque for $800. Small as it might be, it feels great to have a little bit of payoff for the past few months work!

This small grant, thanks to the Vancouver Foundation’s Neighbourhood Small Grant project is for a small part of what i’m calling the Neighbourhood as Archive project. The project is interested in treating space as a palimpsestic* text, aiming to uncover and make legible pockets of knowledge that lie latent within the fabric of a community, rethinking what is possible to know and experience in the heart of a neighbourhood. This project is going to form the spine of my time at the residency.

Specifically, this grant is going towards a part of this larger project called Window Gallery, a nomadic gallery space that takes over residential windows and shows the work of emerging artists in Vancouver.

 


*the literal definition of palimpsest is as follows:

1. A manuscript, typically of papyrus or parchment, that has been written on more than once, with the earlier writing incompletely scraped off or erased and often legible.
2. An object or area that has extensive evidence of or layers showing activity or use
I like to think about places and spaces as palimpsests, particularly neighbourhoods. These spaces have been written over again and again, and I think still show the edges of their many pasts.

 

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