Vancouver is kind of a weird place sometimes. It’s a city of glass, filled with condo developments and speculative real estate bubbles. It’s also got a running disaster phobia, which makes sense since we live on a fault line. Funny, that.

So I was considering these two currents of expansion and collapse. I was also thinking of signage, and postcards– both evidence of how we present ourselves (our business, our opinions, our city) to the world. The Storm and the Fall came out of this. The wall piece, which was constructed at standard billboard size, was self portrait: condo-self and tidal wave-self meeting at last. This work was shown at Access Gallery in the Spring of 2008.

In consideration of the rapid changes in the neighbourhood surrounding Access Gallery — Vancouver’s Gastown/ Downtown Eastside areas –the exhibition included a billboard-sized mural + installation and a site-specific sculpture. This last work was constructed from material culled from a demolition site 3 blocks away at 52 West Hastings; the sign was uncovered during the recent demolition of the San Francisco Trading Company, a pawnshop in operation on Hastings Street since in 1908. So the work is about anxiety– personal and cultural– and also about a city in big-time flux.

Some of my thinking around this work led to themes in So long we miss you forever, a project from later that year with Diyan Achjadi.

Photo documentation is by Blaine Campbell.