Forgotten City

Forgotten City

A motorcycle roars into life, fleeing an advancing steam train. A cheeky crow caws announcements about an up-and-coming local band. A neon sign glows in the ever-present rain…but is it real, or just a whisper of the past brought to life by a Steel & Oak -fuelled imagination? 

Local band Rogue Crows joined Vancouver-based artist Jay Lyonns for the opening of Forgotten City: a solo exhibition of original works and live music, October 2017 at Plaskett Gallery, Massey Theatre. The Forgotten City is an evolving body of work steeped in the colours, stories, and history of the Lower Mainland. From woodcuts featuring boats and trains, to works that honour some of Vancouver’s sadly-disappearing neon signs, to pieces that slyly bring our city’s forgotten corners and secrets to life, this is art with a strong sense of place. Check out some of the exhibition's inspiration in the Living History Series http://www.livinghistoryseries.com/.  
2 colour woodblock prints: Commodore Pt. 1, and Commodore Pt. 2. 15x15 inches. Limited Edition of 10.
Symbolizing post-war freedom. They tell the story of a lone traveller riding a Brough Superior motorcycle through the lower mainland, absorbing the sights and sounds of a newly-discovered life. The sign is a bit of an enigma to me, only appearing in the background of 2 old photographs I could find of the Orpheum from 1946. The printmaking process is the hero, culminating in countless hours of carving and late nights of expert instruction on the press. 
Created at Malaspina Print Makers under the mentorship of Lee McKay
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