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Art: brent granby’s visual art

Flow tanker

“The way you see the natural world around you determines much about the kind of world you are willing to live with. It you are aware that whales once swam in your local waters, than you can ask yourself whether they might belong to those straits and bays one again. If you’re unaware of the […]

Transcendence and human compassion

“In China, when we grew up, we had nothing … But for even the poorest people, the treat or the treasure we’d have would be the sunflower seeds in everybody’s pockets.  It’s a work about mass production and repeatedly accumulating the small effort of individuals to become a massive, useless piece of work.” Ai Weiwei “We live […]

The will to motorize: from utility to desire

“In 1927, for the first time since it introduced the Model T, Ford lost its sales lead to General Motors, never again to regain it.” “Henry Ford came out with his “re-styled” Model A. The era of styling began.” ‘Actually, the problem the automobile industry was grappling with was on of maintaining a sales pace […]

Its all about land use policy

  For more than a century the automobile has become the preeminent form of transportation. The manufacturing of cars is central to our economy for jobs and also as a driver of resources for them. The use of cars is a choice for some of us and a de facto mode of travelling for many. […]

A park under every parking spot

Is there a park under every parking spot? Can car sharing reduce the demand for parking in cities? If cities needed less parking because residents were walking, riding, using public transit and using car sharing the space that was being used to park cars could be transformed for other uses. Public space is a valuable […]

A mini van in every drive way

“A mini van in every drive way” Acrylic on recovered plywood, 48″x48″ in progress

The Ford Pinto

Pinto, 48″x48″, acrylic, on recovered plywood. My memories of the Ford Pinto are from my Dad’s car pool pal “Curly” Kennedy who owned one. Curly was a giant of a man in many ways. As a boy, when I was sent out to tell him that my Dad would be right out, I would tease […]

1970 Pontiac Station Wagon

There are a plethora of stories embedded in every car. Whether it’s the thinking behind the design or our personal tales of our relationship to the car, memories and histories are the substance of a fascinating narrative. One of the more exciting cars that my family owned when I was growing up was the 1970 […]

Me and Ford

Me in 1983 at the Ford Motor Co. in Oakville Ontario. A member in good standing of CAW 707. This is on the #1 trim line where the cars just come over from the body shop after all the robots weld the body of the car. One of my dad’s best friends Curly Kennedy took […]

Eastside Cultural Crawl starts this Friday Nov. 15 at 5 pm.

The annual Eastside Cultural Crawl is this weekend starting on Friday November 15 at 5p m. Drop in and visit me at my studio at 1000 Parker St., unity 146. Check out the paintings that I have been working on. 8 Stories About Cars: A Work in Progress If we were to think of the […]