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#daveo50 / Personal Archeology Exhibit / Introduction

#daveo50 Personal Archeology Project / June 26 ~ Aug. 16 (business cards, Vancouver years)

Gist: #daveo50 Personal Archeology Exhibit

With 50th birthday impending and a son on the way (update, born June 23rd!) and the assemblage and reclamation from storage lockers of many life artifacts (plus coupled with parent’s recent passing which resulted in more items) AND the grace of a 150+ year old “kura” grain barn now studio/atelier, whilst in the bath i figured i would do a special exhibit of sorts.

Noting most years i do something creative around my birthday (ex: flying high board game collage, F Varley essay series, Uncle Weed book, Forgotten Vancouver stories video…) and since b-day is in the middle of dog days of splendid summer, usually slips by largely unnoticed. 

As such, the project is for my own amusement, for posterity, for curiosity seekers, for my kid(s) to get to know me, and to compile a “life of making” into a “made thing” of its own / as well as giving a modicum of respect to “past self” to spark “future self” to carry on making art every day.

Inspiration gleaned from many places of exhibits by Douglas Coupland and of Hergé artifacts are significant sparks (evidence of both in this archive). 

Original plan: 1 year / 1 photo (id) / 1970-2020 = 51 photos

Actual result: 1 year, *several* photos PLUS various artifacts, collections, evidence, ephemera, media articles, publications, report cards, oddities, miscellany

Constraints: Rules are lousy for creativity however constraints can be most excellent.

“don’t think outside the box, think inside the circle” ^dvo

As such, to aim for “connected feeling” and not just a mish-mash of *everything* (especially in more recent years where candidates abound, i set forth the following:

  • just dave (with some exceptions)
  • accurate year (figured by cross-referencing glasses and haircuts)
  • prefer at least 1200 ~ 1800px (avoid low res/size)
  • resist urge to tell backstory (just too much!), just location and photographer if known
  • avoid snaps which have natural home in another post/project (i.e. various spiels/jobs/event…)
  • using various forms forms of photos i.e. instant, photo booths, meta, etc encouraged)

Priorities

Note: avoided group/party/2-fer/crowd unless no other options or special significance #anotherproject

  1. studio/school portraits (early years)
  2. passport/ID photos (ideal for assessing year)
  3. photo booth (always fun!)
  4. birthday/christmas (don’t over do it)
  5. close square self snap’d (modern days)
  6. other * which haven’t been used (or plan to use) in another obvious collection

Logistics: Starting June 26th 2020 (PST, UTC -8) posts are pre-scheduled (usually 2-4 per day, sometimes back-filled if not quite ready) at various times at https://daveostory.com (you are here) until Aug. 16th and auto-magically cross-posted to Twitter @uncleweed and FB Uncle Weed Story Maker page (not profile) with #daveo50 (may end up other places if convenience permits). 

Monitoring and interaction minimal as i will be cuddling baby and starting his photo exhibit.

Thanks: to brother Andrew for curation assistance (pulling me out of the weeds / keeping on track)

#daveo50 Personal Archeology Project / June 26 ~ Aug. 16 (business cards, Olympia years)

Haikus, Garden + Baby News / Japan Cottage Musings

Wearing a smoking jacket at Tsuchida Cottage, Dave riffs on recent activities including: planting vegetable garden, playing piano, buying baby clothes, and sort-ganizing archives including digging out loads of books. As such, shows books by Douglas Coupland, Nick Bantock, Gary Snyder, Ethan Hubbard, and reads from Jack Kerouac’s American Haikus, plus riffs about Tintin, fire lookouts and mailing postcards. 

Books: Variety stack of gems / atop a piano

Another stack brought in from the kura barn to spark some goodness / Gary Snyder, Poets on Peaks, field guide to Cascadian trees, Douglas Coupland, David Byrne, Wes Anderson, Dr Suess, and Hergé (including some rare Tintin) / + snippets of paintings on our self-made wooden wall > all atop a piano on handmade cloth from island of Yap.

Exhibit: Douglas Coupland mixed-media at VAG, vol. 7 (paintings, remix’d / G7)

Notes about Group of 7 and Coupland
here, this blurb tells all about DC and the G7 (which was a treat for me as i’d just published my mixed-media piece about Varley) – note to self: i need to get him a copy of the essays

Evidence from mixed-media master Douglas Coupland’s exhibit at Vancouver Art Gallery – the assortment of items i captured from the wide-array of mediums he works with/in, are arranged into 7 volumes for convenience. This is volume 7, Painting, remix’d/G7 (my title, not his). Note: some of these paintings were “technically only sorta” part the Coupland exhibit as i recall. I don’t know really.

G7 painting (Varley?)
“don’t take photo on the 2nd floor” i was instructed – but Varley never told me that, so…

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Exhibit: Douglas Coupland mixed-media at VAG, vol. 6 (substrates)

QR code for the head
Coupland, “I wait and I wait and I wait for God to appear.”

Evidence from mixed-media master Douglas Coupland’s exhibit at Vancouver Art Gallery – the assortment of items i captured from the wide-array of mediums he works with/in, are arranged into 7 volumes for convenience. This is volume 6, Substrates (my title, not his).

Ziggy Stardust
ziggy played with blocks, building towers for the hulk and all of his friends

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Exhibit: Douglas Coupland mixed-media at VAG, vol. 5 (cityscapes)

Cityscape of blocks
this project was crowd-sourced where folks built disparate parts, and DC assembled into a common aesthetic of a familiar architecture language

Evidence from mixed-media master Douglas Coupland’s exhibit at Vancouver Art Gallery – the assortment of items i captured from the wide-array of mediums he works with/in, are arranged into 7 volumes for convenience. This is volume 5, Cityscapes (my title, not his).

Rather dystopian cityscape
this dystopian cityscape look idyllic at first until you see catastrophe and impending danger everywhere

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Gallery Exhibit: Douglas Coupland mixed-media at VAG, vol. 4 (Canadiana)

Old school goalie mask
the kid who had one of these, played goal, whether he was good or not

Evidence from mixed-media master Douglas Coupland’s exhibit at Vancouver Art Gallery – the assortment of items i captured from the wide-array of mediums he works with/in, are arranged into 7 volumes for convenience. This is volume 4, Canadiana (my title, not his).

B&W TV showing parliament
CBC coverage of parliament – a communal experience for so many (and kinda like the TV we watched the World Cup on in Jamaica)

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Exhibit: Douglas Coupland mixed-media at VAG, vol. 3 (slogans)

Slogan, no longer remember my pre-internet brain
i recall the moment when my brain changed though

Evidence from mixed-media master Douglas Coupland’s exhibit at Vancouver Art Gallery – the assortment of items i captured from the wide-array of mediums he works with/in, are arranged into 7 volumes for convenience. This is volume 3, Slogans (my title, not his).

What if there was a drug that made you feel more like yourself?
would you have time to take it?

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Gallery Exhibit: Douglas Coupland mixed-media at VAG, vol. 2 (collections)

VW bus and other items
VW bus model and other practical items and toys, somehow creating a tiny universe

Evidence from mixed-media master Douglas Coupland’s exhibit at Vancouver Art Gallery – the assortment of items i captured from the wide-array of mediums he works with/in, are arranged into 7 volumes for convenience. This is volume 2, Collection (my title, not his).

Variety of cleaning products from Japan
whats a n exhibit without a collection of Japanese cleaning products – some purchased, some washed-up ashore (perhaps)

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Exhibit: Douglas Coupland mixed-media at VAG, vol. 1 (meta)

Photography encouraged
well isn’t this refreshing, thanks Doug

Evidence from mixed-media master Douglas Coupland’s exhibit at Vancouver Art Gallery – the assortment of items i captured from the wide-array of mediums he works with/in are arranged into 7 volumes for convenience. This is volume 1, Meta (my title, not his).

Collection of notebooks
donations to the UBC archive/library include his notebooks (i have plenty so love seeing this)

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