The marijuana industry is changing, the snow in the mountains is melting and equipment is rusting, some of it never to be used again. Rather than littering the mountainside, why not donate this equipment to a good cause?
Installation view of Emily Neufeld’s Before Demolition, her solo exhibition at Burrard Arts Foundation Gallery. (Photo: Dennis Ha/Courtesy of BAF Gallery)
Houses are the subject of Neufeld’s work, sure, but they’re also her canvas, her materials and her gallery. And since 2014, she’s found a way inside ordinary bungalows and split-levels around East and North Vancouver before the bulldozers arrive, securing permission through the builders.
Emily Neufeld. Grand Boulevard. 2015. (Courtesy of the artist)
Over the last year, Belgian painter and sculpturor Stefaan De Croock aka Strook began working with repurposed wood panels, doors, and furniture to construct giant faces on the side of buildings.
Antonio “Shades” Agee holding up a student’s artwork STEPHANIE BATTAGLIA
Shades acknowledges what might be considered a unique situation, given his commercial success in the urban art: “I’m blessed. I’m an artist. People are paying me for what I do with a God-given talent. So there’s no problem with me giving back,” the graffiti artist said, chuckling. “Any child that gets to see anyone of success doing art … is awesome. Kids love that.”
Photo: Randi Sokoloff for the Guardian.
For two decades Doel’s remaining residents have been embroiled in a battle with a state-funded corporation that is seeking to raze it. The townspeople also have the EU’s strict environmental laws on their side thanks to the large population of swallows that has taken up residence in the dilapidated town. But they also have something else working in their favor: street art.
While his ideas and motivations are often crystal clear, it is his minimalism and subtractive techniques that make his work truly stand out.