"To observe buildings is not to be solely concerned with architecture. Embodied in any given structure are the multiple layers of meaning that stretch through history and tell the story of who we are as a community and as individuals." - Jon Weller, producer of The Ave We Had and leader of a Jane's Walk.
l'art pour l'art Feeling inspired lateley by small reassurances of the resilience of the creative spirit. How amazing! Despite the posverty, alienation and suffering, people still feel the need to create. These simple rock stacks in an empty lot in Boyle Street are easily overlooked, but once considered, are a poignant reminder of the basic human need for beauty and the impulse to create. Even without any resources, people will find a way to build, to share their art with the world.Read More
It is curious how the visual culture of different cities evolves. Sometimes it takes visiting another city to appreciates the distinguishing features that make each one unique. On a recent trip to Toronto, I was struck particularly by the quality and craftsmanship of the commercial art, being the typography nerd that I am. These vestiges of an earlier time have survived the march of progress and in some cases have been restored or replicated. It is a beautiful way to incorporate the human touch into the urban landscape and we would do well to take note.Read More
Alex Hindle and Leila Sidi are not your everyday Photographers. They travel tot he liminal spaces of the city that most people never let even their minds wander. "Crimes of Adventure in the Polaroid Apocalypse" is an exhibition of photographs that document the decay of urban industry in "the city's rich margins and their scribble scrap of rust bucket huts and train yards." "Crimes of Adventure"will introduce you to a different side of the city; a foreign-looking place that these artists became intimately familiar with. Their work chronicles their experiences, "telling a story that dissects the nature of dereliction, loss, and the powerful and fluctuating essence of places."Read More