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THE ADVENTURES OF NOMAN - CONTINUED
LET'S WIPE OUT DECIMATION
SPRING ART SALE
BURNABY ART GALLERY COMMISSIONS RELIEF PRINT
MOTHER TONGUE TO PUBLISH SIM ARTWORK
POOP FROM THE MARE OF VANADA
TROLLEYS IN THE SNOW
SIM LECTURE AT MUSEUM OF VANCOUVER
BC ARTISTS UPDATE ISSUED
EMPIRE LANDMARK - FOR THE RECORD: No. 1
This has become the longest-running series of artworks done about a single theme and in a single format. More than thirty have been completed, and a number more are in various stages of completion ranging from the initial pencil scribbled-idea up to well-advanced pen & ink work.
Refer also to The Adventures of Noman series and Drawings for additional images.
Decimation, a Roman army punishment for mutiny or disobedience. The troops to be punished were formed up in ranks, and one soldier in every ten (decima) was summarily executed on the spot. The Incans weren't decimated, they were eradicated, annihilated, crushed, exterminated, cleansed, purged, extirpated, wiped out, terminated, slaughtered. Perhaps "brought to the edge of extinction" or "endangered" as we'd now say, since a few were left to carry on as slaves.
The edition of 100 is intended to be gifted to supporters and friends of the Gallery, along with copies of the book that is being published to accompany the celebrations. As noted in early news items, I have a short article on Jack Wise in that book, along with a shorter biography of myself.
Mona has selected an all-star cast of BC writers for the book, and after reviewing a proof copy of the book I have to say it is going to be a very nice and well-received publication. For more information please see EVENTS page, and MTP website at MTP.
Accordingly, I have posted a number of commentaries on the sheer absurdity
and self-indulgent fatuousness that characterizes this Mare's "rein."
A review of BC Directories (DIR) from 1886 to 1935 resulted in the addition of almost 100 artists not previously listed, expanding the DIR listing from 3 pages to 15 pages (so far, with 1919 to 1931 still to be input). A page by page review was completed for the seven volumes of Macdonald's Dictionary of Canadian Artists, with 480 BC artists noted of whom over 100 were new to BC ARTISTS. A review of Evelyn McMann's Biographical Index of Canadian Artists is underway.
Ongoing on-line searches at the Royal BC Museum & Archives vital statistics web page continue to provide additional information on artists. In particular, although the DEATH certificates are somewhat unhappy to read, they contain an excellent amount of information about the person, their life and family, that is otherwise almost impossible to find so easily.
Given that the redevelopment signs have gone up around the now-named Empire Landmark (formerly the Sheraton Landmark) Hotel, it's only a matter of time before it gets knocked down. After all, it seems like those signs are just a formality, everything is already figured out.
In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to take some pictures of this long-time iconic and slender tower while it is still here. After the Sheraton hotel chain sold it to asian interests, a huge display of neon lighting was installed on top of the revolving restaurant, resulting in numerous complaints to city hall from residents of the West End. The lighting was modified but not removed, despite not having been done with a permit in the first place. Money keeps talking around town.
The tower will be replaced with two lower towers, each with larger floor plates, as the hotel's floor size is too small to be practical any more.
A view of the hotel from Barclay Park, 1400 Haro St., with a light powder snow falling. The tree trunk visible at lower right is what remains of a large weeping willow tree that just fell over by itself one night a few months ago.