Located on Powell Street at Victoria Drive – the very NE corner of the Crawl map – the Hamilton Bank Building is the perfect place to begin your Eastside Culture Crawl journey. Currently home to three Crawl artists working in a variety of media, the building houses numerous art students and artisans, as well as an eclectic collection of street art. Designed by turn of the century “starchitect,” William Whiteway, the 110 year old mixed-use character building served as a rooming house for much of its storied history. Renovated in 2016, it still maintains its authentic charm.
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Kate MacDonald is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist based in Vancouver, BC. Her paintings, digital collages and video art have been exhibited throughout North America and Europe, and her paintings have been featured in Wired and international editions of GQ. She shares a studio and collaborates with artist Les Sears as K8L35.
Les Sears works in conceptual photography, screen printing and surface design. Eschewing the title of artist, he prefers to think of himself as a photographist in his explorations of identity, immoderation and consumerism. The inclusions of text and glitch in combination with his subject matter often surprise and delight the viewer. Les is a graduate of NSCAD University as well as the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, and his work has been exhibited throughout Canada and the US. His collaboration and studio partnership with Kate MacDonald as K8L35 began in 2013. As creators, K8L35 endeavour to elevate the status of objects by creating meaning outside of original context. The playful tension in their work is a result of the mediation required by collaboration; ongoing and, often, dynamic dialogue is integral to their creative process.
Tyler Wilson is an East Vancouver based photographer. His love of analog photography started in 2010 while attending an art and design program and Kwantlen Polytechnic, when he came into possession of a box of cheap point and shoot cameras. In the time since then he has experimented with many different cameras of varying quality and reliability (to varying degrees of success), as well as with different developing and printing processes. Tyler is inspired by our built and lived in environment. He enjoys finding scenes that show the beauty of the human habitat as it degrades, is repaired, and is repurposed. Through his photography, he hopes to capture the beauty of the every-day parts of living in a city, and the battle between order and chaos that is taking place in the space we are all living in. Tyler has had his photography featured in several recent solo and group exhibitions, and hoped to continue to share his photography with others. He is currently a member of the West End Photography club and spends as much time as he can in the darkroom learning as much as he can about black and white and colour darkroom printing. In the future Tyler hopes to get into more analog film formats, such as 4x5 and 8x10 film photography, and learn more alternative developing processes, such as wet plate collodion photography.