ANARCHIST DEMO SALE AT ST. ANDREW’S KIRK HALL
Sunday Sales in doomed Scots Presbyterian church hall
Browsing fairly quickly through the Victoria Anarchist Book Fair tables, I found these two items caught my eye: the post card for Islands of Resistance, a book on pirate radio in Canada, above, the cover design of which clearly owes debts to Grateful Dead imagery…
… and the bright-coloured psychedelic poster (above)…
SEMIS DE ROSES ET DE PHENIX:
mosaic detail, Louvre, Paris, France.
ABERDEEN BESTIARY detail shows Phoenix bird rising,
with flames. Click on image to enlarge.
… showing a mythical Phoenix bird rising from the blood-red centre sun fire of anarchism, for the Victoria Anarchist Book Fair held this weekend in Victoria, which David Jure and I attended this afternoon at the old and soon-to-be demolished Saint Andrew’s Kirk Hall on Courtenay Street…
…behind the John Di Castri facade on Douglas which will be saved.
Something that really turned me off was to see a young native man selling t-shirts that had the idiotic legend SMASH PACIFISM (or some such rubbish), with an image of Mahatma Gandhi having his skull split open and his brains spilling out.
It wasn’t the design on the left, but that was the general idea… pacifists will die by the anarchist’s hands, if the police don’t kill them first. Well, that’s how I interpret such Death Culture propaganda, anyway.
Time for a little creative non-violent civil disobedience history lessons, folks.
The anti-Obama stickers below, referencing Shepherd Fairey’s already dated CHANGE posters for the then Democratic Senator, fit the zeigeist, and work for tea party types as well as the black shirts.
I can’t say for sure if these stickers were sold, but they could have been.
The anarchos were play acting at being bourgeois shop keepers on the Lord’s Day in a condemned Kirk Hall… it was all slightly weird and surreal, if I may say so, but perhaps that was the point from the anarchos’ point of view…
They had serigraphed anarcho patches with various slogans and obscure logos, all in dark colours, t-shirts, posters, pamphlets, stickers, buttons, magazines and, of course, books.
Being disabled begging artists, we didn’t spend a thing, of course, and so therefor felt that we fit right in with the rest of the motley misfit OUTSIDERS with their dark drab clothes…
As for their well-fed dogs tied up outside… well, that’s another issue for another golden day of Sunday afternoon bourgeois anarchy.
One poor fellow had ensconced himself on the sidewalk in front of the door with a billygoat… God only knows why.
Amazingly enough, I just got a call from my brother John Hartnell inquiring if I had seen the poster for the anarchists’ stab at being bourgeois shopkeepers, and I told him I was just in the actual process of writing about the very same Victoria Anarchist Book Fair as we speak, and encouraged him to go down there to check it out.
A display of World War 3 magazines and a World War 3 peace poster caught my eye just before we left, and I got into a chat with an older fellow who told me a bit about the anti-war graphic magazine, and mentioned that there is a GRAPHIC RADICALS show on now at the University of Victoria’s Legacy Gallery at Broad and Yates which displays some of the startling original cover artwork from the magazine which has been published over the years.
GRAPHIC RADICALS … The Art of WW3
UNTIL OCT. 31, 2010 … FREE ADMISSION
LEGACY GALLERY … YATES + BROAD
That World War 3 show I have yet to see, but I am going gallery-hopping with my dear wife Dawn this afternoon, so perhaps we will go over there on our tour of some of the Victoria gallery openings this Sunday afternoon…
… AND NOW, FOR SOMETHING, AS THEY SAY,
CATHERINE MOFFAT IN LOVELY OAK BAY
… Just back from seeing a group show of new figurative paintings at the Avenue Gallery on Oak Bay Avenue.
Best thing to see at the Avenue Gallery right now are about a half dozen hyper-realistic head portraits of different women by Catherine Moffat…
… ranging in price from about $1,800 – $2800, depending on size and amount of detail in the paint passages.
… in the WINCHESTER GALLERY
758 HUMBOLDT, near Blanshard
September 11 t0 October 2, 2010
ROBERT YOUNG: Shadow Play: Lurid Bride.
At the new Winchester Gallery at 758 Humboldt Street across from the Church of Our Lord, they have Robert Young’s anti-academic post-modern work in watercolour and other media.
Click on the tiny image (above) to enlarge it and properly appreciate Robert Young’s delicate draughtsmanship, antique colour schemes and strange juxtaposition of disparate elements.
This man, born in 1938, is a living Vancouver legend who somehow has escaped my attention… until now.
Robert Young shares his post-modernist sensibility with exquisite architectural rendering technique in some of the watercolours, a warm earthy Mediterranean pastelle palette in most of the pieces, sometimes with surrealistic flourishes… what is there not to like about this wise old man’s well-seasoned oeuvre?
Relegated to a back-facing wall, Claude Tousignant’s kinetic-psychedelic target, an acrylic on canvas entitled Accelerateur chromatique 1968 is priced at an astonishing $125,000 Can. for 42 centimetres square.
That will put the seeker in a Jack Wise-
or Henri Van Bentum- like trance
quite quickly… always focus on the centre!
TOUSIGNANT’S $125,000 acrylic:
Click on the image above to appreciate
its kinetic and hypnotic properties.
– ‘Goyo de la Rosa’
Editor, ROCKLAND, CCC BLOG + LA ROSA