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Greenhouse Decay | Infrastructure

December 27, 2015

The insides of an overgrowing, decaying former green house show some of the infrastructure that goes into growing our food, even in a small operation. Here though, with none of the infrastructure being operative, the green house continues to be productive, this time providing a site for early colonizing plants.


Red Trillium | Algonquin Provincial Park

August 2, 2015

This red trillium (Trillium erectum) was conveniently growing on a small hill, allowing me to get this up-slope, strongly backlit shot.


Highland Inn Hydrant

August 2, 2015

This old hydrant on the grounds of what was once the Highland Inn in Algonquin Provincial Park serves as a reminder that the park has always been a highly managed landscape. The Highland Inn was a year-round luxury resort built by the Grand Trunk Railway line as part of its efforts to promote travel to Canada’s “wilderness” destinations.


Painted Trillium | Algonquin Provincial Park

August 1, 2015

Small painted trillium (Trillium undulatum), standing determinedly on the forest floor.


When Machines Learn To Draw The Inception of Writing

July 19, 2015

This was the best art installation I’ve seen in ages, only it wasn’t an art installation but an architecture graduate student’s thesis presentation. I don’t normally post photographs taken on devices other than my camera, and these certainly don’t do the project justice, but I’m posting these because I want to capture at least a fraction of how cool it was.

The project, Click Space by Jonah Ross-Marrs, dissects and reconfigures the steps that occur from the moment someone clicks “print” on their computer to the moment lines are printed on paper. Rudimentary printing machines were assembled from digital and analogue machine parts, and computer code was written not only to print the images of iconic works of architecture, but to break them down and offset them in different ways. This was a project about architectural
representation—drawing conventions and how they are used to design and communicate architecture.

I thought this was a wonderfully non-prescriptive investigation, even while much of the project was about script-writing and coding. The result of this thoughtful exploration were beautifully haunting images: drawings broken down to their most basic lines reminiscent of archaic glyphs. It was hard not to personify the crude printing machines that were seemingly writing in some form of ancient alphabet, as though they were eerily recreating the initial moments of human writing.

Leslie Spit Detritus Art

July 5, 2015

This sculpture, created equal parts by dump truck and happenstance, is to be found on the southern shore of Tommy Thompson Park. Leslie Spit, as it’s commonly called, is a man-made headland protruding into Lake Ontario from the city of Toronto. Meanwhile, across the western world, some fancying themselves artists are painstakingly and deliberately attempting to create works such as this.

Alternative Figures | Mariusz Drzewiński

December 28, 2014

Another geometry-based piece by Lublin artist Mariusz Drzewiński. The camera and the computer don’t do his works justice, and don’t convey how hypnotic and meditative they are.