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Edward Burtynsky

CBC introduced a photographer who uses human-designed systems as his subject matter.  His photographs are unreal but all too real.  The photographs are beautiful because of the way he shoots them but the subject is the very ugly effect of human industrial activity on the environment.  He finds pattern, colour and lines on the landscape to create interesting compositions, but hopes that people see the ugliness in the environmental destruction as well.  He is featured because he has made a documentary about the industrialized landscape featuring his photography and I am very excited to see it.  It will be featured at Princess Cinema, Waterloo on October 24th and Edward Burtynsky will be there in person.

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Shadowy Figures

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On my extremely wet trip to the Kitchener Market today I saw this sculpture on Benton. I’m not sure when this was done, but I hadn’t noticed it before today.  I love how subtle it is.  I pointed it out to my sister and it took her a while to see it.  Not pictured is an individual figure on the street below, but if you were walking by you most likely wouldn’t notice the figures above. I love the surrealism of this.  It makes a cool photo as well!

 

K-W lawn art

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On our dog walks we always walk past this interesting sculpture on the front lawn of a house in suburbia.  Its so detailed and creative- the artist has included the piano peddles and music stand and even a candelabra for ambiance.  Iv’e seen this a million times and I still love to stop look at it. I think its made of driftwood, and it looks like the artist used the logs as is and designed the sculpture around the natural shape.  You can tell that this pianist has become part of the family- they always dress it up for different holidays, like Santa Clause at Christmas, they give it a Halloween costume, New Years Eve hat etc.  Today he is looking dapper in a top hat and tuxedo cuffs. I love that this sculpture makes the house stand out as unique and says something about the creativity people who live there.

Language Arts

 

 

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This masterpiece of bathroom graffiti was taken at Jimmy Jazz in Guelph, Ontario.  It’s my favourite graffiti ever. When you go to reach for some toilet paper and come up empty handed- as is the norm- instead of anger, you can’t help but smile at how someone felt the need to profess their love of Language Arts.  What a strange thing to add to a wall that is mostly a list of the names of accused sluts. Not necessarily a fantastic piece of design, but it stands out against the rest of the clutter and makes me laugh every time the free trivia night prize beer can be contained no more.  Never have these bathrooms been painted over.  The graffiti is welcomed and celebrated in this context and has become a bizarre collage of drunken nuggets of genius. Call your mom, she won’t be here for ever.

Vote for Nobody

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Vote for Nobody

This mural in Guelph, Ontario, now painted over, is circulating the internet as a popular image for social change. Guelph has always been home to a strong grassroots, community- minded subculture driving social change. The mural, although controversial and not particularly appealing aesthetically, had a surprisingly long shelf-life in a city long obsessed with rejuvenating the downtown core (aka attracting the middle and upper classes to shop and dine). For me, this mural is iconic to Guelph. Having grown up there, I think it says a whole lot about the uniqueness of the city and the people who live there. They march to the beat of their own drum, sometimes literally, in spontaneous drumming circles. I’m not sure about the history surrounding the murals on this wall (there are a few), if they were commissioned, or if they truly are graffiti, but this one stands out for its boldness and starkness. Unlike the others on the wall, the message is direct and cuts straight to the point. The faceless figure is very effective – if this were just writing on the wall it would be far less impactful, maybe even forgettable. This image has survived past its physical state and continues to leave an impression as it’s passed around social media.