Brian Howell – Surrey Houses

Brian Howell
Surrey Houses
Sept. 4 – Oct. 11, 2008
Opening as part of SWARM (Mount Pleasant) Sept. 4 , 7 PM
Artist conversation w/ Paul Wong Sept. 13, 3 pm
ON MAIN
1965 Main St., Vancouver BC

 

On Main presents a window installation and exhibition of new work by artist Brian Howell. A large scale mural titled ‘6200 block 92 St.” will be on view 24/7 in the windows at ON MAIN. The 160” X 80” photograph depicts a debris field – the view of an indoor pool is filled with old tires, lumber and garbage. The walls have been deconstructed down to pink insulation , wood framing and punched through to the outside. From a ongoing series documenting abandoned houses in Surrey BC.

 

Many of the once pristine homes were built as recently as the 1970’s. “ It’s like the owners packed up in hurry leaving behind beds, furniture, appliances, the kids toys and dad’s electronics”. This is the world of disposable incomes, the detritus of consumerism.

 

Additional Surrey Houses will be on exhibit inside the gallery. Open by appointment.

 

Brian Howell is an award winning editorial photographer and artist. His work has been exhibited nationally, internationally and widely published. Recent photo-essays, Throw Away The House is in the current issue of Geist Magazine #69, Life after Death in the July/August issue of Vancouver Magazine. Two critically acclaimed collections were published by Arsenal Press: FAME US Celebrity Impersonators and the Cult(ure) of Fame (2008), One Ring Circus (2002) a narrative on the indie wrestling scene in Canada.

 

www.brianhowellphotography.com

 

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