A Series. © Sally Buck
Camerapeople collective members Byron Cameraman, John Goldsmith, Kent Lins and I performed a street art action – a chance for me to put a new piece in the public realm. The week of the federal election in Canada, we discussed a need for artists to give voters visual interpretations of central issues. We created large works on the subjects of climate change, capitalism, partisanship and threatened infrastructure.
Kent Lins and Sally Buck
As the Granville Street revellers weaved by we hung our impromptu exhibition at the corner of Georgia and Hamilton streets in Vancouver. We attached our panels to the construction materials surrounding the iconic Canada Post building. Which, in its current state of demolition, appears as if on stilts.
Street art by Sally Buck. The Evolution of Materials: A Series. ©Sally Buck
In the early hours one morning in February 2019, the street art collective Camerapeople, of which I’m a part, hung 4 artworks on a chain link fence. Characteristic of the art form the action was unsanctioned, unexpected for passersby, and ephemeral.
But facing the entrances to 2 major Canadian cultural institutions (Equinox and Monte Clark galleries), the artworks outside remain, ten months later. Some say they’ve come to serve as sentinels.
Vancouver Courier newspaper reporter John Kurucz writes: “There’s a small stretch of Great Northern Way that’s teeming with huge amounts of irony.
An old building constructed in the 1960s is the lone vestige of the area’s industrial past. Next to it is a 21st century, multi-million dollar building that houses tomorrow’s tech trendsetters and artists.
Less than 100 feet away from that urban dichotomy hangs four photos, placed there specifically because they have nowhere else to go in a city that’s losing art space at a frenetic pace.
Hung last week, the four photos are part protest, part art show, part funeral dirge. The collective works of Vancouver artists Kent Lins, Sally Buck, John Goldsmith and Byron Dauncey are bolted to a fence outside of two art galleries that are smack dab in the middle of the proposed Broadway SkyTrain extension route… ”
Camerapeople collective: John Goldsmith, Sally Buck, Kent Lins and Byron Dauncey. Photo by Dan Toulgoet, Vancouver Courier newspaper