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Parchemin - Exhibition of Works on Paper

Troy Lovegates curates exhibition @ Yves Laroche Par Chemin is an exhibition of works on paper to mark the occasion of artist OTHER aka Troy Lovegates release of his new artist book published by ANTEISM.

Over his years of traveling and making art, OTHER has crossed paths and collaborated with many artists from around the world. Below are some photos of the exhibition and book launch.

Par Chemin Artshow Image

The Fisgard Mural Concern - Victoria

The Fisgard Mural

The Olio Artists & Workers Cooperative are pleased to announce the development of the Fisgard Mural Concern, an initiative to transform the exterior of 614 Fisgard st. into downtown Victoria’s largest mural and contemporary art piece.

Fisgard - Victoria - BC - Mural Project

At roughly 3700ft2, the exterior wall of the Lee’s Benevolent Ass’n building will accommodate a piece larger than the whale wall and 100% whale-free.

The collaborative initiative will invoke Victoria artists Luke Ramsey, Shawn O’Keefe, Ryan Thompson, Joey MacDonald, Calvin Coles and Renny McClure, among others, to reflect on their hometown through positive, accessible themes and imagery. The resulting artwork will be honed into a single scene through consensus before being rendered onto the sizeable south facing Fisgard site in May. The result will be an invaluable addition to – and departure from – public art in Victoria.

Olio have set up a fund to produce the mural and are actively seeking capable volunteers and generous donations to make the project possible.

Fisgard Mural Concern PDF - englishProject Outline (english – 183kb)


This will be one of 2010’s largest visual arts projects and will need a healthy amount of public support.  Please support a positive direction in public art and make donation to see it happen.  The Olio Cooperative have established a fund to raise the 10 000$ needed to produce the mural – please make a one-time or ongoing donation to the development of the mural using the Paypal link below.

Artwork for the mural will be viewable beginning March 20th as a part of 03.20.10.go., a group art show featuring the artists involved in the mural’s design.

Community Consultation

The Fisgard Mural Concern is a community initiative and cannot progress without the support of the Chinatown, Downtown Victoria and Victoria arts communities.  We strongly encourage community members to take part by bringing questions, concerns, inquiries or words of support to public attention at the community consultation open houses.  Information on the project, the mural’s artwork and the artists involved will be on hand to illuminate the intentions and aspirations of the mural project.

Please join us on any of the following dates:

Sunday, March 21st • 6pm – 9pm at the Olio Cooperative, 614 1/2 Fisgard st.

Wednesday, March 31st • 6pm – 9pm at the Olio Cooperative, 614 1/2 Fisgard st. Translation services will be available in Mandarin and Cantonese at community consultation sessions.

City of Vancouver Paints Over Mural.

Beatty Street murals painted over by City of Vancouver

By Travis Lupick • Visit the Straight for full article and comments.

On Beatty Street, between Dunsmuir and Georgia, there were a series of murals painted on a long concrete wall. They’re now gone. On (December 23), they were painted over by the City of Vancouver. All that remains is a long stretch of blue.

According to David McLellan, general manager of community services for the City of Vancouver, the murals were painted over as part of “maintenance in that area”.

McLellan explained that the Beatty Street murals were created in 2007 as part of a fundraiser for the Steve Nash Foundation. He said that they were always regarded by the city as a temporary installation.

“It is standard business for the city to do the upkeep on its publicly visible property,” McLellan continued. “That is one of the city’s properties.”

Hey! That's a nice blue. Perfect background colour for a Vision Vancouver Logo.

On November 16, the City of Vancouver removed a mural outside the Crying Room gallery in the Downtown Eastside. The work depicted the Olympic Games in a negative light.

The Beatty Street murals were painted on a concrete wall that bordered a large parking lot at the corner of Georgia Street and Beatty Street. The area is designated as an Olympic venue scheduled to be used for entertainment during the Games.

McLellan maintained that the painting over of the Beatty Street murals is not part of any greater initiative to eliminate similar works in Vancouver. But he stated that the city does regularly remove works created on public property without a permit.

On December 23, workers hired by the City of Vancouver painted over murals on Beatty Street. Travis Lupick photo.

Alternatively, he continued, the City of Vancouver does issue permits for paintings in areas visible to the public. One example is the series of murals that exist underneath the south end of the Granville Street Bridge.

“Those are actually permitted,” McLellan said. “I don’t think there is any plan to paint over those.”

Alternative Press Expo - San Francisco


Anteism will be sharing a table at  Alternative Press Expo with James Kirkpatrick and Islands Fold this weekend (October 17th-18th 2009) in San Francisco. APE is one of the most popular and vibrant alternative comics exhibitions in the U.S. We are excited to be releasing a new zine by C.C. Walton and a collaborative multi-colour zine by the Brain Trust duo, James Kirkpatirck and Peter Thompson. Charlotte Cynthia Walton's zine is a collection of works created over the last couple of years from sketchbook drawings, paintings and her rad paper cut-outs. The Thompson/Kirkpatrick zine entitled "Canadian Haircut Cut" has been painstakingly created on a rebuilt risograph machine. Purple, blue, red, burgundy, gold, green and good old black have all been used in this rad artist book. The two new zines will be available online after APE.

If you are in SF come by and give us a visit at APE. We're at table 150.

APE 2009

Saturday, Oct. 17 / 11am - 7pm Sunday, Oct. 18/ 11am - pm

The Concourse 620 7th Street San Francisco directions

If  your around the Haight street / Fillmore area come by and check out a mural going up by Luke Ramsey, Doodles and Zosen in collab with Upper Playground.



Graffiti Archaeology

Graffiti Archaeology Interface Graffiti Archaeology is a project devoted to the study of graffiti-covered walls as they change over time. The core of the project is a timelapse collage, made of photos of graffiti taken at the same location by many different photographers over a span of several years. The photos were taken in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and other cities, over a timespan from the late 1990's to the present.

Using the grafarc explorer, you can visit some classic graffiti spots, see what they looked like in the past, and explore how they have changed over the years.

The "grafarc explorer" interface which navigates the various layers of graffiti is well thought out and is a pleasure to use. Along the bottom of the site is a time-line with access points where photos have been taken. When a new date is clicked the image is loaded onto the previous wall with and orange box around the new layer.

This project reminded me of the Brian Jungen exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. In one of the displays Brian Jungen used a router to carve out a design into the art gallery walls. The gallery wall had been painted hundreds of times with varying colours. The beveled edge of the carving revealed all the coloured layers of paint like layers of sediment.

BLU - "MUTO" - Animation painted on walls.

BLU is an Italian artist known for his HUGE murals depicting baby like bald headed men often missing limbs. His murals have been an inspiration for many artists. Blu has also been creating wall animations, which he paints the frames of an animation on abandoned walls. Using the form of walls his characters react to the shapes and textures they are painted on. This short film is possibly the most insane animation work you'll see in your lifetime.