Eraser Street—Hubris, Humility and Humanity in the Making of a City! is an exhibition that mixes Henri Robideau’s newest and oldest photographs of moments, milestones, and monuments in Vancouver, tracing the character of the city and its residents during the last forty years of non-stop growth. The work reflects upon the quality of life in Vancouver, the value of heritage, the economic engine of development, homelessness, and the voice of the people. Robideau’s holographic satirical text charts history while critiquing the forces of government and commerce that have had a hand in shaping our urban environment.
Handmade black-and-white gelatine silver photographs are juxtaposed with computer mediated digital ink jet prints, reinforcing the flux of change experienced in these images. Robideau’s narrative embraces a lament for what has been lost, a celebration for what has survived, and an admonition for the future of a city still in its infancy.
There will be a forthcoming publication with an essay written by Clint Burnham.
grunt gallery gratefully acknowledges support from the Hamber Foundation toward this exhibition and catalogue. The artist would like to thank CUPE 15 for supporting the production of the Solidarity Era series.