Shirley Wiebe, If Memory Walks, 2019, photo, mixed media on board, found objects, 45.72 x 30.48 x 15.24 cm. Courtesy of the Artist.

Shirley Wiebe, Timeless Ritual, 2019, photo-based mixed media on rag paper, 71.12 x 50.8 cm. Courtesy of the Artist.

Shirley Wiebe, By The Window, 2019, photo-based mixed media on rag paper, 71.12 x 50.8 cm. Courtesy of the Artist.

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Shirley Wiebe, If Memory Walks, 2019, photo, mixed media on board, found objects, 45.72 x 30.48 x 15.24 cm. Courtesy of the Artist.

Shirley Wiebe, Timeless Ritual, 2019, photo-based mixed media on rag paper, 71.12 x 50.8 cm. Courtesy of the Artist.

Shirley Wiebe, By The Window, 2019, photo-based mixed media on rag paper, 71.12 x 50.8 cm. Courtesy of the Artist.

Artist Talk

229 1/2 Main

Virtual

This event has now become a video documentation of the project 229 1/2 Main.

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229 1/2 Main

A personal story of architectural renewal in Vancouver’s oldest downtown area.

This video results from an online collaboration between Vancouver artist Shirley Wiebe and Quebec artist Rory Mahony and features third generation building owner Eric Siu.

Originally scheduled as an event for Vancouver’s Capture Photography Festival, the video has been created during and in response to the cross country cancellation of art shows and events due to COVID-19.

All involved, writer Lori Bamber, narrator Eric Siu, musician Emil Barth, Rory Mahony and myself, visual artist Shirley Wiebe, made our contributions while in isolation.

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AIR Studio will host an afternoon program of discussion in conjunction with the exhibition on Saturday April 18 from 2 to 5 pm. Join Downtown Eastside (DTES) artist Shirley Wiebe, local resident and third generation building owner Eric Siu, along with writer Lori Bamber, and AIR Studio Public Relations manager Paula Martinez Rubia, as they speak about this project and the possibilities of transforming a historic district into a contemporary neighbourhood. The scheduled program will run between 3–4:30 pm, however people are welcome to come and go throughout the afternoon.

Shirley will talk about how her architectural photo-based works evolve and transform through the use of mixed media. Self-published photography books of her work will be on display. A new book entitled 229 ½ Main is an augment to the exhibition. It includes an essay by Lori Bamber who met and interviewed Eric Siu in 2019. She will present a reading of her essay during the event. Signed copies are available for purchase.

AIR Studio at 529 Carrall Street is the venue for a weekend exhibition entitled 229 ½ Main.  Photo-based work depicts the gutted interior of a 1907 building that is several blocks away in Vancouver’s DTES.

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