From the REZONED Collection
The News before the news. 60″ x 72″ (See below)
I have included this painting but realize that the image itself is uncomfortable and it provokes conversation and attention that is not always appropriate in certain settings. I include it as it is simply part of the chain that was building around the Rezoned works and at the time that it was painted, I did not expect it to be as awkward as it is.
As you know, my work is an exploration of the city from the human perspective, and if anything, it is documentary in nature. This painting was completed just after the “Ode to Hendrix” work and I was enjoying the additional narrative that the tags on the Rezoning Application signs introduced into the paintings.
The Rezoning Application sign that was the foil for this piece had the tag “Fuck the RCMP” as the protests in support of the Wet’suwet’ten traditional hereditary chiefs and their right to protect their unceded territory, had just taken place at the entrance to the Port of Vancouver. The Vancouver protests were front-page news in February 2020, in March the WHO declared the pandemic.