Evolution of a #wheatpaste. Portrait of @ThaneKoi, one year later

What is the point of a piece that is meant to be temporary?  Work that is impermanent reminds us that nothing in life is permanent, that every state is temporary and transitory.  Contemplating this concept teaches us to embrace change in our life, instead of working against it.  When others notice a piece that is there one day and gone the next it creates a kind of energy/excitement within the community. – Keri Smith

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My portrait of Thane Koi, Feb 11, 2013 (chinamarker on newsprint)
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Emily Castellanos wheatpasting Thane, 119 East Cordova, Vancouver BC Feb 13, 2013

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Today Feb 3, 2014

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The elements and the interaction by the community has become essential to my creative process.

“Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets.” Witnessing the deterioration. #streetart #downtowneastside

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  Let us go then, you and I,

When the evening is spread out against the sky

Like a patient etherised upon a table;

Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,

The muttering retreats

Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels

And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells:

Streets that follow like a tedious argument

Of insidious intent

To lead you to an overwhelming question…

Oh, do not ask, “What is it?”

Let us go and make our visit.

– TS Eliot Excerpt from The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock

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by Jasper Lastoria

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Photos of our wall by street art documentarian (instagram) @craige13:

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Check out more street art:

China Marker Bowie and other portraits

Portrait: Jacqueline

Latest updates

This is how we do it

Once it’s up, let it go

Something this fun has got to be illegal!

Beauty in the deterioration…

Joe Average

Wide-eyed with a twist of the lips

Mia More in the morning

While I stand on the roadway…

Walking the streets of dreams

 Evolution of a portrait: Justine

Beauty in the deterioration Part 2

Do you know what it takes…?

We’ve gone national!

The Social Life hits the streets!

Walking the streets of dreams wall is growing

Fierce beauty: Cassandra and Shokra

A morning with Joe

Beauty in the deterioration Part 3

Portraits move us, connect us

A morning of street art on the radio

Street art, tear sheets and V-Rag Magazine!

Europe Series

Order your portrait

Anticipating TS Eliot

Latest Portraits

To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet

The yellow smoke that slides along the street

I am art- community connections

“I am art.” #streetart wall builds connections in the #downtowneastside

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

As our streetart wall grows, we are building connections with the local community, enjoying audience as we paint, inviting others to join.

Ava adds to the wall.
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Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

We are building dialogue around the “portrait.”  We are building relationships and locals are asking to have their photos taken and portraits done as they enjoy the empowerment we all feel when being seen and being heard.

And speaking of community, make sure to check out:



#Tearsheets, #Streetart, #Vancouver and @VanRagazine!

Huge thank you to V-Rag Magazine, Cole Johnston and Matthew Roy for an amazing article in the SEPTEMBER 2012 issue and for the honor of appearing in this wonderful publication!

Vancouver’s Gay Arts & Culture Rag V-Rag is a free monthly publication available in shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and salons around the West End, Downtown, East Van, Main St, Kits, UBC, etc. 
V-Rag is Vancouver’s gay arts and culture rag.  They exist as an alternative to what is currently available to the gay and lesbian community of Vancouver: something that’s fun, entertaining, energetic and sexy.  Each month they talk about events, music, film, entertainment, fashion, nightlife and local personalities.  It’s the ultimate source of info on what’s new and fresh in gay and lesbian culture.

And thank you to Nancy Kirkpatrick for her incredible photos and enthusiasm and my students at Intersections Media!
Photo collage by Nancy Kirkpatrick

CHECK OUT MORE OF MY WHEATPASTE/STREET ART:

Photo by Jocelyn Louise

A morning of street art- visually on the radio with @nxnwcbc!

Portraits, including Rochelle, getting ready!

My students [at Intersections Media– a program I run with my brother, filmmaker Fred Thorsen] and I spent a wonderful morning yesterday with CBC Radio One’s Sheryl MacKay, taping a segment for North by Northwest regarding my art, the work I do and the street art!

Sheryl interviewing Tyler, with Angus.
Tyler created a special piece for the wheatpaste session.
Joshua, Tyler, Sheryl, Angus, Erica

Photo by Angus MacDonald
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Photo by Angus MacDonald

Tyler, Mike, Sheryl, Josh, Joshua, Angus, Erica
The evolving wall. Photo by Angus MacDonald

CHECK OUT MORE OF MY WHEATPASTE/STREET ART 

 

Portraits move us, connect us, pull out stories #streetart

In my street art portraits, I draw people I know, people in my social media circle, people who draw me in (pardon the pun), people who inspire me.

I have been inspired by “Rochelle” (my local barista) for quite a while now.  She was so gracious to accept my invitation to be photographed for reference shots.  The first time I saw her, I knew I needed to draw her!

We did not anticipate the power of the shoot, though.  As I explained to Rochelle what the photos are being used for, a dialogue opened up between us- a dialogue that can only be called powerful.  The honesty and transparency of the moment moved everyone in the room and I am truly grateful for Rochelle’s fearlessness in allowing us to hear her incredible story of overcoming obstacles and to document her beauty.  Her future is indeed bright.

What my streetart portraits are showing me time and again is the power of the portrait itself in opening dialogue and trust.  The reaction people have to being drawn is what intrigues me the most.

In Rochelle, I am exploring the emotions that are exuded in the moment of transparency.

Each of us has an inner child of the past living within us.  Those who needed to build no walls have access to that child’s creativity and spontaneity.  Those who had to leave this crucial core behind can tear down the walls, see what the child needed but didn’t have, and begin to provide it now.  The more we do this, the more we know that we are worth it. – Gloria Steinem

The following are samples of photos taken by my brother, Fred Thorsen.  Glorious.

I cannot put words down for what was happening to me spiritually, emotionally, or mentally…..one of the most moving moments of my life. – Rochelle

I cannot wait to continue drawing Rochelle.

I will be presenting her portraits as part of an interactive art corner at INSPIRE: An evening of bring body, mind and spirit together at the Vancouver Art Gallery on September 14, 2012.  I will start the portraits and attendees will finish them!

See more about our wheatpaste art:

China Marker Bowie and other portraits

Portrait: Jacqueline

Latest updates

This is how we do it

Once it’s up, let it go

Something this fun has got to be illegal!

Beauty in the deterioration…

Joe Average

Wide-eyed with a twist of the lips

Mia More in the morning

While I stand on the roadway…

Walking the streets of dreams

Evolution of a wheatpaste: Justine

Beauty in the deterioration Part 2

Do you know what it takes…?

We’ve gone national!

The Social Life hits the streets!

Walking the streets of dreams wall is growing

Fierce beauty: Cassandra and Shokra

A morning with Joe

Beauty in the deterioration Part 3

STREET ART: beauty in the deterioration part 3 #wheatpaste

I walked the alley at Main and Cordova today, like I usually do on my lunch break to air out my dog… I was surprised and strangely elated at the changes happening to our original pieces.  This part of the process is equally as important as creating the pieces in the first place.  Here are just a few examples.

The original:

Later:

Now:

A few additions (the green and the writing):

Nose ring and green in the eyes added:

Green eye star:

Heart removed:

Face removed (this is the first wheatpaste):

Graffiti added:

Tearing:

See more about our wheatpaste art:

China Marker Bowie and other portraits

Portrait: Jacqueline

Latest updates

This is how we do it

Once it’s up, let it go

Something this fun has got to be illegal!

Beauty in the deterioration…

Joe Average

Wide-eyed with a twist of the lips

Mia More in the morning

While I stand on the roadway…

Walking the streets of dreams

Evolution of a wheatpaste: Justine

Beauty in the deterioration Part 2

Do you know what it takes…?

We’ve gone national!

The Social Life hits the streets!

Walking the streets of dreams wall is growing

Fierce beauty: Cassandra and Shokra

A morning with Joe

Joe Average’s new site! #art #photography

We are SO LUCKY to be able to access more of Joe Average’s work on his new site!  Check it out!  It’s like drinking a cool glass of clear, clean, beautiful water.

Joe Average (born 1957) is a Canadian artist who resides in Vancouver, British Columbia. Diagnosed HIV+ at age 27, Average made the decision to commit the rest of his life to art, and to challenge himself to live by his art.

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I finally got to meet with Joe Average on August 3, 2012, and I was so moved!  He is one of my biggest inspirations…  Meeting your hero is a spiritual experience.  To discuss art together… not enough words can explain the delight and elation I felt!

My portrait of Joe. I gave him the originals and will wheatpaste prints! (China marker, acrylic on newsprint)
My portrait of Joe and Nadine. I got to meet her! (China marker, acrylic on newsprint)
“Miss Nadine,” Joe Average

Thank you, Joe, for allowing me to draw you!  And for being so generous with your time and inviting me onto you paradise porch!

Joe Average took some fabulous photos of my dog, Tobey!

Also check out:

CBC Radio Interview Jan 16, 2011

For Joe:

“Walking the streets of dreams” wall is growing! #streetart #wheatpaste


 

Thank you Morgan, Justine, Amanda-Lynn, Ernst, Kevin and Anthony at Intersections Media for today’s session and for being my subjects:

Amanda-Lynn added several of her portraits as well!

Neighbors came out to give support, approval and thumbs up! Some great conversations were had!

Morgan (centre), Justine (bottom left), Amanda-Lynn (bottom right), Kevin (top left), Ernst (top right), Anthony (top centre)

See more:

China Marker Bowie and other portraits

Portrait: Jacqueline

Latest updates

This is how we do it

Once it’s up, let it go

Something this fun has got to be illegal!

Beauty in the deterioration…

Joe Average

Wide-eyed with a twist of the lips

Mia More in the morning

While I stand on the roadway…

Walking the streets of dreams

Evolution of a wheatpaste: Justine

Beauty in the deterioration Part 2

Do you know what it takes…?

We’ve gone national!

The Social Life hits the streets!

The Social Life hits the streets! #streetart #wheatpaste #thesociallifeyvr

Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing.  And even if you don’t come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they’re having a piss. 

— Banksy (Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall)

Anna T Fabulous and Josh Langston of The Social Life meet their portraits at last!

Huge thank you to The Social Life, Anna T Fabulous, Josh Langston and Nancy Kirkpatrick for an inspiring session!

Nancy, Josh, Anna

  

Ryan Steele, Joseph

Pasting Molly (Jocelyn Louise)
Pasting Barb

Jocelyn Louise as Molly, styled by Jay Fisher.

Joseph, Barb
Jay, Doug
Adam, Jason, Wenchee, Sam, Hannah
Anna T Fabulous
Josh Langston
Raziel Reid

Following is just a small sample of extraordinary photos by Nancy Kirkpatrick:

See more:

China Marker Bowie and other portraits

Portrait: Jacqueline

Latest updates

This is how we do it

Once it’s up, let it go

Something this fun has got to be illegal!

Beauty in the deterioration…

Joe Average

Wide-eyed with a twist of the lips

Mia More in the morning

While I stand on the roadway…

Walking the streets of dreams

Evolution of a wheatpaste: Justine

Beauty in the deterioration Part 2

Do you know what it takes…?

We’ve gone national!

“Do you know what it takes to do a global art project? People, energy, glue.” #Vancouver #streetart

Do you know what it takes to do [a global art project]? People, energy, glue.

– JR

I met up with Elijah yesterday so he could paste the portrait I created of him and his beloved dog, The Baconator!  Thank you, Elijah, for an inspiring afternoon!

The city’s the best gallery I could imagine. I would never have to make a book and then present it to a gallery and let them decide if my work was nice enough to show it to people. I would control it directly with the public in the streets.

JR

Dialogue:

Street art alters spaces and creates dialogue, and frequently offers subversive critiques on dominant culture. 

Nicolette Mason

I discovered the other day that someone had written racial slurs on one of my pieces:

I prepped birds to cover those words, so as to essentially engage in dialogue visually:

Returning to it yesterday, we saw someone had crossed out the graffiti.

Beauty in the deterioration Part 2. #wheatpaste #streetart

Recall: Beauty in the deterioration Part 1

Watching the pieces change is intriguing and almost as delightful as seeing them remain unchanged!

Here are a few changes:

Josh and Rebecca

Maryellen’s monster

BLU
Kim

 

Make sure to check out Raziel Reid’s article in Xtra! about the Pride 2012 wheatpaste campaign:


Raziel Reid

Also see:

China Marker Bowie and other portraits

Portrait: Jacqueline

Latest updates

This is how we do it

Once it’s up, let it go

Something this fun has got to be illegal!

Beauty in the deterioration…

Joe Average

Wide-eyed with a twist of the lips

Mia More in the morning

While I stand on the roadway…

Walking the streets of dreams

Evolution of a wheatpaste: Justine

Evolution of a #wheatpaste portrait: Justine.

Photo by Anthony Audette

I start with an inspiring person and a photo that really draws me in.

 

China Marker of course.  Guidelines in orange.

 

Detail in black.  Highlights in white acrylic.

I encouraged Justine to cut out the portrait when I finished.  She will paste it herself in a few days.  It thrills me to watch people paste their own portraits!

See more about our wheatpaste art campaign:

China Marker Bowie and other portraits

Portrait: Jacqueline

Latest updates

This is how we do it

Once it’s up, let it go

Something this fun has got to be illegal!

Beauty in the deterioration…

Joe Average

Wide-eyed with a twist of the lips

Mia More in the morning

While I stand on the roadway…

Walking the streets of dreams

Some other portraits waiting to be pasted:

“xcannedx” with Fonz
Elijah with Baconator
Barb
Doug
Jocelyn
Street artist “ohemgee_bleh”
Planning large group paste-up for Pride 2012, Vancouver

Joe Average. #wheatpaste prep. #streetart

He is one of my biggest inspirations…  Thank you, Joe, for allowing me to draw you! These pieces will be pasted next week.

Joe Average

See more about wheatpaste art:

China Marker Bowie and other portraits

Portrait: Jacqueline

Latest updates

This is how we do it

Once it’s up, let it go

Something this fun has got to be illegal!

Beauty in the deterioration…

Wide-eyed with a twist of the lips

Mia More in the morning

While I stand on the roadway…

Beauty in the deterioration, in the static, in the anticipation. #wheatpaste #streetart

Walking through our “gallery lane” in the Downtown Eastside, Vancouver, it’s beautiful to see which pieces remain untouched and which are changing.

I haven’t revisited our pieces in the West End yet.  I’ll be curious if different neighborhoods have different lifespans.

Some samplings of check-ins:

Prepping new pieces:

See also:

China Marker Bowie and other portraits

Portrait: Jacqueline

Latest updates

This is how we do it

Once it’s up, let it go

Something this fun has got to be illegal!

Something this fun has got to be illegal! #wheatpaste #streetart #westend

Huge thank you to Nancy Kirkpatrick, Maryellen Groundwater, Megan Low and Dustin Whymark for a beautiful day!

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Esteban, David. Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
The Social Life. Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

The Social Life

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

Is it GUERILLA ART if you’re openly squealing with laughter?!

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
SPECTACULAR monster series by Maryellen Groundwater. Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
SPECTACULAR monster series by Maryellen Groundwater. Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Pride tree by the beautiful and inimitable Nancy. Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Josh, Rebecca.  The colors! Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

Captured moments:

Maryellen prepping her pastings
Nancy prepping her piece
Monster series by Maryellen
Prepping my dead birds.

Paparazzi!

By Maryellen Groundwater
Perfect placement for Maryellen’s piece!

 

“Once it’s up, let it go.” #wheatpaste #streetart #downtowneastside

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

Most of the pieces remain untouched, even after several weeks, even after a year.

But some have been altered…

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

 … so we added back.

And we added more.

“Once it’s up, let it go.”  Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

Maryellen cutting out my Dead Bird series

Dustin adding a bird to where his face used to be.
Megan is missing. Or her portrait is.
Megan adding a bird to the spot.
All that is left of Maryellen’s piece is a little tree.
Maryellen’s latest masterpiece finds the perfect spot.
By Maryellen Groundwater

Patti

Patti being pasted by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Megan adding dead bird to dumpster.
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick

Maryellen adding dead bird to pipe.

Dustin touching up the sock monkey.
Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Mugshot, Molly’s Father.

Graphic Novel

Photo by Nancy Kirkpatrick
Land of hopes and dreams, 1929. Molly’s uncle.
Maryellen pasting a dead bird.

Stay tuned for Pride 2012 Wheatpaste Campaign!

Outdoor Art Market #DTES @GreytoGreenArt

A place where local artists can share their work, skills and passion for arts and culture with their community. Featuring live painting, live music and a chance to mingle with local artisans!

I spent a cold but cozy afternoon sharing the joy of art at Main and Cordova.  The Grey to Green Art Market is hosted by Intersections Media in partnership with Gallery Gachet, Enterprising Women Making Art program of ATIRA Women’s Resource Society and Oppenheimer Park.

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I was so honored to share my table with artist, Maryellen Groundwater.

I did a quick sketch (white china marker on black foam board) of the fabulous Julia Kozlov.

Maryellen, Jocelyn Louise, Julia, Jay Peachy (with Star) and Robert

Photos by Maryellen:

READ JULIA KOZLOV’S POST ABOUT THIS EVENT (and my Holt Renfrew Event)! CLICK HERE