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Terror Fervor, 2019, animation still
Phoebe Parsons, Terror Fervor, 2019, animation still

Platforms 2020: Public Works

Platforms 2020: Public Works is a monthly series of public art projects being presented from June until the year’s end.

Public Works highlights the crucial role of art in our community by sharing the artworks of Vancouver-based artists who continue to work from their living rooms, bedrooms, and on the streets of the city at this critical moment. 

The public art program is being launched on transit shelters, billboards, and video screens throughout the city.

Platforms 2020: Public Works artist call

We're looking for artworks that have not been exhibited before and that respond to the current circumstances.

Current project

Platforms 2020: July 6 to August 2

This month’s program will feature Hazel Meyer’s video An Oxford folder holding - The Weight of Inheritance (2020) on the VanLive! screen at the corner of Granville and Robson Streets, Sunny Nestler’s painting Coneworm Floe (2020) on a billboard at Broadway and Prince Edward, and Jack Kenna’s painting Cobwebs Scraped from the Guts of My Summer Vacation (2019) on transit shelters throughout the city.

Hazel Meyer videoHazel Meyer, An Oxford folder holding - The Weight of Inheritance, 2020, still from video

An Oxford folder holding - The Weight of Inheritance reflects on the legacy of the late artist Joyce Weiland. The video makes visible Meyer’s own process of artmaking and the possibility that a folder and a work on hold can bring. 

Hazel Meyer, An Oxford folder holding - The Weight of Inheritance, 2020, still from video

Sunny Nestler billboard

Sunny Nestler, Coneworm Floe, 2020, reproduction of acrylic paint on woodNestler’s billboard is a reproduction of Coneworm Floe, an acrylic painting that the artist produced in March during a residency at the Banff Centre that was evacuated due to the COVID-19 lockdown. 

Sunny Nestler, Coneworm Floe, 2020, reproduction of acrylic paint on wood

Jack Kenna postersJack Kenna, Cobwebs Scraped from the Guts of My Summer Vacation, 2019, reproduction of oil, acrylic, spray paint, graphite, and studio debris on canvas

Cobwebs Scraped from the Guts of My Summer Vacation is a reproduction of an oil painting by Kenna presenting an arrangement of objects and oddities that could be found in a domestic living space such as a living room, bedroom, study, or garage. Their presentation elicits a narrative around a fictional person, which takes on new meaning during the pandemic as we reflect on what we choose to surround ourselves in our own homes.

Jack Kenna, Cobwebs Scraped from the Guts of My Summer Vacation, 2019, reproduction of oil, acrylic, spray paint, graphite, and studio debris on canvas

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