URBAN SKETCHING & EXPLORATION
An ongoing exploration of decay in the capital city
This is an ongoing study of abandoned / vacant / dilapidated buildings around Ottawa. Within a fifteen minute walk in any direction from the Parliament Buildings and City Hall there are dozens of vacant buildings, usually homes or small apartment buildings. They are boarded up, rotting, overgrown and — presumably — awaiting to be sold to a developer. Most of them are also fine buildings... or, at least, they were. These buildings represent the true veneer of Ottawa: full of neglect and waste. (2015-ongoing)
Exploring Alleyways in Ottawa
Over the summer of 2015, a group of artists have been touring various alleyways in central Ottawa, and creating art on location.Alleyways in Ottawa are overlooked spaces. They serve as unloading zones, garbage pickup and discrete areas for wait staff to smoke cigarettes. More interestingly, they serve as rudimentary pedestrian zones.There is a strange beauty in the aesthetic: because they are not being officially presented to the public, they are often decayed and decrepit. They are Forgotten Spaces. (2015)
Documenting the process of creation + destruction
"As much as possible, my illustrations of buildings are done in front of the building. In the process, much information about it’s surrounding is gathered. Phocess return the viewer to the place where the drawings were made, by creating non-permanent stencils, intended to fade, like the buildings themselves." (2014)
The disappearing aesthetic of the neighbourhood corner store
"There are lots of archival methods now, from smartphones to street view. When sketching something, time is spent really observing and noticing details. This ties into the community element. By sketching on location, one can get a sense of the neighbourhood, and a deeper understanding of people's feelings toward a building." (2011)
Comix & sketches from the streets of Ottawa
"They are big on charm, revealing the little things that make or break people's days... Recognizing the settings around Ottawa... gives the comic an especially relatable quality" - Travis Boisvenue, The Fulcrum, (2007)
A short film co-produced with Jackpine
"A police precinct filled with loose cannon renegade mavericks who play by their own rules attempts to tackle a drug epidemic while also enforcing the town’s ban on tobogganing. They'd be up to the task, if only their best detective would fall in line."
A short film co-produced with Jackpine
"It's election season and between the horse poop in the water, the frequent bandit attacks, the removal of the welcome sign and war hero Joe Van Yukon's faulty wooden leg, it seems as though the Governor has a lot to answer for at the ballot box...if only the people of the town could find it."
A field guide to gigafauna in the urban environment
"I am very fond of cities — specifically downtown urban cores. Densely packed cities are perhaps the best way to minimize our impact on ecosystems. I do not fantasize about the collapse of civilization and the Earth reclaiming our cities. I do not want skyscrapers to fall over. However, I do feel that humanity has taken it's habitat for granted, at a perilous cost. These images are a reflection of that peril." (2010)
A beathead's blunted bus trip through Ottawa's record stores
In 2014, technology-based art collective, Artengine, commissioned Ottawa musicians to craft soundtracks for a few major bus routes in the city. Memetic got the #2, and he began traveling the route doing audio recordings and digging at the plethora of record stores along the way. The project turned from a smartphone app, to a collaborative video, vinyl release and more. (2015)
Select commissions of house drawings
Moving or renovating your house? Consider archiving it in a timeless fashion. Colin is available for commissions during warmer weather.