The Larwill Park Site Inaugural Project
Beginning September 29, 2015
688 Cambie Street, Vancouver
The Larwill Park site holds a unique place in the history of Vancouver. Distinguished first as a cricket and lacrosse pitch by early sportsmen, the lot hosted countless demonstrations, jubilees and celebrations, visits from colonial royalty, military exercises, goats, a chain gang, riots and fairs. This platform for celebration and for protest is now the proposed site of the new Vancouver Art Gallery.
To signal this important transition, the Vancouver Art Gallery has commissioned Other Sights to activate a series of public art activities at the Larwill Park site over the next three years. Directly acknowledging the history of the site, the inaugural project mounts a series of large “cutout” images taken from documentary photographs that reference its history as a space for public gatherings and expressions of public emotion, while placing a spectacular emphasis on the site’s potential for the contemporary imagination.
September 23 — October 31, 2015
Al McWilliams, Meredith Quatermain, Other Sights collective
At the invitation of The Western Front, Vancouver, Other Sights presents a three-part artwork created for Urgent Imagination: Art and Urban Development, a multi-site public art exhibition and 2-day conference that focuses on development in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood.
Slow Dirt responds to the accelerated, often manic, conditions of real estate development in east Vancouver by focusing on the slow, deep and generative production of the humble earthworm. Bearing characteristics and employing methodologies that are worthy of emulation, the earthworm creates ’surplus value’ on a sustainable timetable. It is sensitive to the local, immersing itself in the underlife and lifespans of the city and all that grows here.
Monument to Mysterious Fires
Capture Photography Festival
April 6 – May 3, 2015
Quebec Street at East 5th Avenue, Vancouver BC
On the occasion of the Capture Photography Festival, Other Sights has transformed 4 billboards at Quebec Street and East 5th Avenue into a temporary monument, commemorating the mysterious fires that have taken place in the Main Street vicinity of Mount Pleasant. Addressing the east/west and the north/south axes of the city and how they factor in the currencies of ‘views’ as well as the escalation of property values creeping eastward, Monument to Mysterious Fires triggers historical and recent memories of the neighbourhood. The billboards, set perpendicular to one another, carve out a sculptural space within a parking lot, in which to gather and reflect on the transformation of the city.
Cedric, Nathan and Jim Bomford
NEW PUBLICATION, FALL 2015 - PRE-ORDER NOW!
Throughout the summer of 2014, Deadhead, a large-scale sculptural installation by Cedric, Nathan and Jim Bomford, traveled by barge and tug to moor in two different Vancouver waterways. Constructed primarily from salvaged materials with some areas wrapped in photographic murals, this curious marine outpost asserted a presence that both troubled and delighted.
This large scale, 160-page, full colour book traces the three year narrative of Deadhead’s production, including texts by Kimberly Phillips, curator Barbara Cole and event programmer Jen Weih to explore improvisation, adaptability, uncomfortable histories, and the jurisdictional issues that contributed to the project’s rich legacy.
Contributors include: Barbara Cole, Kimberly Phillips, Jen Weih and Mark Timmings, with photographs by Cedric Bomford, Nathan Bomford, Meagan Hill-Carroll, Michael Love, Philip Nee Nee, David Peters, Bob Ross, Rachel Topham, Karen Zalema. Edited by Lorna Brown.
The Games Are Open
Folke Köbberling and Martin Kaltwasser
NEW PUBLICATION, FALL 2015 — PRE-ORDER NOW!
In 2010, as Vancouver’s South East False Creek began its new life as Canada’s largest ‘green’ housing development, the Berlin-based artist team of Folke Köbberling and Martin Kaltwasser used materials recycled from the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Athletes’ Village to create a situation of exchange and cooperation. Over a nine-week period, the artists and curator led a team of 36 volunteers and students in the construction of a hollow, larger-than-life bulldozer whose empty cavities were filled with soil and compost to hasten the artists’ intent for the artwork to decompose and provide fodder for new growth.
This richly illustrated, 320-page publication documents the fascinating history of the bulldozer’s stubborn and unruly presence in the tightly regulated planned community with texts by curator Barbara Cole and Barbara Holub. Holub, co-founder of transparadiso, an experimental practice in architecture, art and urbanism, will bring insights into durational processes and the subsequent claiming gestures of the public, placing them in the context of the evolution of the neighbourhood.
Contributors include: Barbara Cole, Barbara Holub, Mark Timmings and Hans Sipma.
A floating sculpture by Cedric, Nathan and Jim Bomford
Deadhead Project Partners: Vancouver Maritime Museum and the Vancouver Chamber Choir.
Presentation House Gallery provided valuable support for the commissioning and studio production phases.
Special thanks to Blue Water Systems located in Delta BC.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of Arts Partners in Creative Development, British Columbia Arts Council, The City of Vancouver, The Canada Council for the Arts, Burrard Arts Foundation, The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation, Vancouver Foundation, and Hamber Foundation.
Grow diy Manual
Book Launched in 2014
From May 1st to November 30th, 2011 Other Sights for Artists’ Projects presented Grow, a project by Vancouver artist Holly Schmidt. The Grow DIY Manual draws from the writing and creative projects generated during the project.
Inspired by the Farmers’ Almanac which is a repository for sage advice about gardening, weather predictions and canning recipes, the Grow DIY Manual brings together critical writing, illustrated DIY projects, weather reports and local seasonal recipes. The manual acts as both a reflection on the Grow project and a look forward to future possibilities.
Contributors include: Barbara Cole, Randy Lee Cutler, Magnolia Pauker, Alexander McNaughton, and Holly Schmidt.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Learn more about the project.
I Know What I Want: Open Studio
An Other Sights collaboration with The Western Front and 221A
Other Sights is collaborating with The Western Front and 221A on a publicly-sited research intensive about the possible futures of the Kingsway, Broadway and Main Street neighbourhood in Vancouver. In addition to conducting interviews with local independent business people, cultural leaders and members of the design and planning community, we gathered and circulated ideas from neighbours at the Western Front 40th Anniversary party.
Between July 22 and 28, 2013, members of the Other Sights collective created an Open Studio at the Kingsgate Mall. Using an aerial view of the intersection, we modeled the desires that were offered on site and through othersights.ca. The model adapted, combined and recombined these ideas throughout the week.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia. Learn more about the project.