I thought I'd take you for a short walk this morning while I chat a bit about the conversation that my last post elicited. I began responding to comments there, then got too busy elsewhere, and I'm realizing now that perhaps it's enough for me to initiate the conversation but then it's okay to step back and let you talk. I know from comments that many of you appreciate my efforts to respond to all comments individually, but I also know you're a sensitive and thoughtful bunch and you can see how time-consuming this gets. I've decided I'll respond to those few comments that seem to require it, but otherwise just let you read and respond to each other. If you haven't browsed the conversation yet, I urge you to -- so rich!.
This isn't a permanent change -- but I can see that it might work for a certain kind of post, the kind that elicits a sharing of anecdotes or perspectives or memories, ones that you're really sharing to a wider audience than just me. I hope that makes sense and that it doesn't change your willingness to participate in conversations here. Let me know what you think.
Priscilla Yu has been the victim of some vandalism by spray-can.
This mural has been up for several months now -- there's a bio of the artist, Ilya Viryachev, along with a short video of its creation last winter, here.
On the opposite side of the back lane, at a right angle to the murals above, is this gorgeous piece by portrait artist Francis Tiffany. Sadly a victim of some lesser talent armed with a spraycan, this mural is titled "Vancouver Summer Fun." And while I'd have preferred it not to be so quickly defaced, I must say that there's something about the con/text that speaks the city more clearly and honestly, to me at least, than if the same image had been painting on a large canvas and hung on a protected gallery wall. That drooping electrical cable, the bilingual warning about who may park here, that discarded paper coffee cup. . . . The location is so close to one of the city beaches, but for some it's a world away. . .
Johnnie Christmas (this is a cool article about work Christmas did last year with Margaret Atwood for the Angel Catbird series), and was painted last month for the 2017 Vancouver Mural Festival (note that on his Tumblr site, the artist thanks a number of "friends, loved ones, and volunteers" who grabbed brushes to help complete the mural).