I've posted some shots from my photo shoot at the new ALLSAINTS store at Pacific Centre in downtown Vancouver. They're based in the UK and opened up stores in Canada and contacted me to document the store's design features and layout. It was definitely hard keeping my eyes on the viewfinder and off the purses!
I had a great time photographing carpenter and designer, Candice Morris, and a few of her custom furniture pieces. She's super talented and does great work. It's really cool meeting so many gifted designers, builders and artists living and working in East Van.
I had the pleasure of photographing a couple projects for furniture and millwork designer Owen Crane. I met him back in July and was impressed with his work. He honours the integrity of the materials, is obsessive about the details and is an all around good guy. I highly recommend getting in touch with him for your next project.
I photographed one of my regular clients' installations over the bridge in West Vancouver.
Matthew Soules designed another installation for this year's Harmony Arts Festival held along English Bay,
west of Ambleside Beach from July 29 - August 7th. Last year was his first collaboration with the festival, designing
Vermilion Sands. Intense the Heat is a canopy of pink and silver balloons installed over a section of Ambleside Pier.
AFJD hired me to photograph another one of their experimental installations. Mycelium Mock-up explores
"the role of biotechnology in the future of architecture.
The installation was constructed of cellulosic wood waste
and mycelium, the root structure of mushrooms."
The temporary installation is included in the Catalyze
exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) as part
of this year's annual conference of the International
Society of Electronic Arts (ISEA2015).
I was commissioned again to photograph this year's Robson Redux design competition winner, Porch Parade. The colourful installation is designed by the Chicago design firm Design With Company. Since 2011 Viva Vancouver has held a competition for design proposals for the strip of Robson between Howe and Hornby Street. This year's design was based on the scale of housing porch fronts, creating a place for gathering and relaxing.
I was pleased to be invited to join the Art Rental & Sales Program at the Vancouver Art Gallery last year. Currently they have five of my framed photographs available from my Same Soup Different Flavour: 100 Pairs of Converse Shoes photography series in two sizes, 36x36" and 12x12". Contact them if you're looking for some contemporary art for your walls!
Influenced by the languages of propaganda and graphic art favoured by the Italian Superstudio from the 1960s, A Stable World That Will Last Forever is a constructed portrait of Vancouver. Rather than casually viewing architecture as a benevolent force, the members of Superstudio blamed it for having aggravated the world's social and environmental problems, while being equally pessimistic about politics. It is said that, the group's once radical theories about architecture's environmental impact, the potentially negative consequences of technology and the inability of politics to untangle complex social problems are now considered to be core concerns by self-aware contemporary architects and designers. Through examining the relationship between environment, architecture and society in the modern city, A Stable World That Will Last Forever addresses the complex role of their interconnectivity and dependency. By rearranging line, space and forms that communicate the power of architecture within the environment and how people interact with both, this piece is a starting point to help envision Vancouver from a different perspective while circulating through the city; to imagine a New Vancouver.
It is the designer who must attempt to re-evaluate his role in the nightmare he helped to conceive, to retread the historical process which inverted the hopes of the modern movement.
- Toraldo di Francia, Superstudio
A Stable World That Will Last Forever, digital photo montage
About HCMA | AIR
Hughes Condon Marler Architects (HCMA) Artist-In-Residence (AIR) program was developed by the firm in 2014 as part of a broad strategy to examine the potential of the practice’s work to contribute to social sustainability goals. This initiative continues the research started by Darryl Condon (Managing Principal at HCMA) in a course on Social Sustainability offered to students of UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in the Spring of 2014. HCMA | AIR is meant to stimulate discussion and challenge preconceptions about the limits of architectural practice. The program invites artists to investigate the interface between the public realm and people through an exploration of the boundaries between architecture and the artist’s creative field.
Artists working in a variety of media are encouraged to participate, including visual arts, video, photography, theatre and writing. Throughout the course of the residency, artists collaborate with the staff at HCMA, discussing issues related to their work and to the project, and exploring themes related to social sustainability. Resident artists have access to the resources of the office (including computers, plotters, printers and model shop) and are supported with an honorarium and materials budget.
For further information about HCMA | AIR or this project please contact:
Hughes Condon Marler Architects