Words and Photography by Jadynn Wolff
Photographs edited by Meeka Malcou
Edited by Adam Hendrik
Public art arrives in many forms. Public art can be arranged and staged in a public domain against our will. Public art is always accessible. Public art holds no status or power; only what it receives from its audience. Public art is watched and acknowledged from everyone across the world. Public art has been acknowledged for it’s honest process and it’s ability to exist beyond the boundaries of it’s site specificity and limits surrounding its execution.
We are not here to debate street art and it’s validity, but rather to call attention to public art so we an acknowledge, document, and appreciate it while it is available. Street art is something of a moment, a time and place that is, was, and may or may not continue to be, time permitting. It is time that ultimately works against art in so many ways, so we are to equip ourselves with the means necessary to capture it now and forever.
Mural by Vancouver artist Gabriel Dubois
In this age of instantaneous gratification, and updates being our constant on the daily, we are now able to use it for “Instant art appropriation.” Curb is a passion project that is brought to realization by three individuals who have a strong passion for street art and bring it beyond the confines of a concrete wall. Curb is this passion turned application with hopes to construct a strong sense of community. The three who have brought this idea to life are: Sam Wempe, Torin Kline, and Gary Yarbrough. None of these listed here would call themselves artists but instead: art enthusiasts. Each of them attended the University of British Columbia, so it came as no surprise that Curb was to travel far beyond Vancouver as most of its attendees are international. Gary is originally from Thailand and Sam and Torin both hail from the United States. Curb, even in its beginning stages, had the strong foundation of building community based around art and it’s appreciators. They have cultivated a strong network of international support for their cause.
Curb was first introduced as a very basic application in attempt to test the waters with who would be truly interested in this particular conversation. Its funding was mainly sourced by friends and family because of their belief in the product. Curb in its blooming stage has spread faster than anyone could hope due to use of its website as well as word of mouth. Curb aspires to become a time capsule, an online museum of the new artistic age. It is Curb’s intention to express support for the public art, and to spread it from here and now, then to there. Curb has my personal attention because it corresponds with Les Artefact and the unwritten mandate we share and that we are both “passion projects” and strongly strive to create a space pushing for a stronger sense of true art collective.