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Art: brent granby’s visual art

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 […]

A place of remembrance, Inside Out Project, in Japan

From Pia Massie, a Vancouver based film maker “In November 2012, JR started an Inside Out Project in North East Japan, a region that was hit by a tsunami in March 2011. A group of Japanese artists took over a photobooth truck and traveled the area to meet inhabitants. This boat entered 800 meters inland […]

Lake Sasamat-found object assemblage

This is like a little visual poem. The materials speak for what they are: : a brunt piece of wood, old chunk of painted wood, a machined stock of lumber, some old rusty cut nails, a dangle of rusty wire and a marble. The materials have associations and memories in combination with each other and […]