ART AND THE CITY: THE CIRCLES IN LIFE
Art and The City has become a regular blog post recounting experiences while travelling for my art career. My paintings, my camera, and my love of art has led to many fascinating discoveries over the past few years of writing this blog. These entries lead to the creation of more work, back home in my studio and throw light on the places and people I meet on my journey. Most recently I was back working in Vancouver, here are a few gems from this February trip.
My first day in Vancouver was spent getting situated and creating an itinerary. As my second day in Vancouver winds down I am coming to notice a theme, and that is the circle. Today I visited the immense retrospective exhibition Spindle Whorl by celebrated First Nations artist, Susan Point. Spanning decades and incorporating printmaking, woodwork, glass and paper casting, all rippling out from an original circle. The spindle whorl is a round disk with a stick through the centre used by native peoples to spin wool. These works speak of the circles of human and nature, eternity, longevity, continual growth and reconciliation. I then walked around the outside of BC Place stadium, another circle, and across town to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens. An oasis in the city, this garden is the first Chinese or "scholars" garden built outside of China, The mandate of the garden is to “maintain and enhance the bridge of understanding between Chinese and western cultures, promote Chinese culture generally and be an integral part of the local community." Here I also found many circles in the architecture and the gardens, a symbol of heaven and eternity in Chinese culture. On this trip I am opening and closing circles, developing new paths for my art and reigniting old connections.
VANCOUVER and SOUTH GRANVILLE
As two more days in the city wind down, I am hanging up my walking shoes and kicking back with a margarita. The last two days have brought great conversations with galleries, clients, and spawned new relationships. I have walked all corners of the city, become a serious foodie, and even travelled by Aquabus! From museums to galleries and street art, I have enjoyed connecting with a diverse range of art styles. Highlights today; Wim Blom at Ian Tan Gallery, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, Jessica Korderas at Elissa Cristall Gallery, and Yorke Graham at Kimoto Gallery. I've eaten Vietnamese Pho, Japanese Ramen, Japanese Izakaya, Mexican, burgers and fries, horseradish pickles, the most ultimate lemon square and a few gallons of tea. The film industry continues to boom with multiple productions filming all over the city. Of all the cities I have explored in Canada, Vancouver still holds my top spot for beauty from sea to sky! Endless possibilities and endless vistas. Tomorrow is my last day here, then back to the easel.
My final day in Vancouver I spent walking through the iconic and Stanley Park, named after Lord Stanley himself, the namesake of Canada’s most prized trophy, the Stanley Cup. Natural beauty is bountiful where sky meets sea, and trees create pathways to new discoveries. Nine majestic totem poles greet visitors at Brockton Point in Stanley Park, BC's most visited tourist attraction. The collection started in the 1920s, the Skedans Mortuary Pole is a replica as the original was returned home to Haida Gwaii. In the late 1980s, the remaining totem poles were sent to various museums for preservation and the Park Board commissioned and loaned replacement totems. The ninth and most recent totem pole, was added in 2009.
That's it! Another Art and The City entry comes to a close...next up, back to Edmonton, Alberta. See you on the road. ~ Brandy