In the heart of Coal Harbour right before 7pm one can normally hear a boat horn from the nearby harbour. The blast is followed by the 9 o’clock gun explosion (now also synchronized to 7pm) and then, a flood of pot-banging, euphoric yelling, clapping and car horns follow. With it, a quiet and discrete dance of light kindle the concrete chore of the east tower at West Pender Place where light performs before one’s eyes until 11pm. At 10pm when the sun is gone and the backdrop is dark enough, the eight-meter-long horizontal LED lines become red and start mimicking the motion of a heartbeat. Tamar Frank created this heartbeat to honour the continuity of life and the relentless fight that we have proved worldwide against the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Pixel after pixel, artist Dan Jackson reimagines what his balcony view could look like if electric cables were pigmented in pastel colours or if the leaves on the young maple tree had already sprung. In this video he states that no matter what your heart needs, there’s an artist out there, creating work for you right now. He also reminds us to call our parents while we shelter in place!
What appear to be colourful images are in fact black and white paintings with insertions of coloured yarn. Linda Männel’s works are a real chromatic ‘trompe l’oeil’. She shared insight into her process while she took us on a video tour and answered a few questions from her studio in Nürnberg, Germany.
While reflecting about her current work and projects on hold, Annie Briard sends us a positive message in regards to the isolation moment we are living and speaks about what art can offer during moments of crisis.