Toronto Fruit & Flower Shops

Local stores that bring life to the street

There is something special about the abundance of Fruit & Flower Shops in Toronto. They are a blend of a local corner store and a small supermarket. The amount of life that one of these stores brings to a street is palpable. The fruit and veg add colour and intrigue to a sidewalk. Even the handwritten price signs can offer a visual break from the bold and glossy advertisements that plague city streets. 

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Vacant Ottawa

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)

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Forgotten Spaces

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)

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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) 

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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-ongoing) 

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Cool Drawing, Dude

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) 

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