THE ABOVE IS REAL LIFE. THE BELOW IS NOT.
Red horizontal by Giesele Amantea is a piece of public art that stretches across the seawall in false creek. This piece specifically caught my eye amongst more common blasé concrete, glass, and steel structures of public art in Yaletown. Each tile contains a photograph of an interior room of the residents of Yaletown. I feel that the art piece is successfully executed with a brilliant red, yet a lingering feeling of dishonesty resonates in the photos. Each living space is organized, orderly and despicably spotless with beds made, books placed in shelves and unwanted unmentionables quietly tucked away. We lose a sense of transparency when we look at these photos. We lose a sense of realism. It is like looking into a glossy magazine with of course, the perfect lighting that correctly highlights the room furniture and no flaws that awkwardly distract the living arrangement. The coldness and stagnancy of the rooms leave something to be desired, as if they are "un-lived" in.
Presumably it was the home owners choice of how their living space was going to be portrayed. I can understand why they chose to tidy up though. If your living space was going to be immortalized in public, wouldn't you want it to look at the very least, decent?
And yes that is a picture of my room and it usually always looks like that.
Now to finish off with a haiku.
Red living room.
Is that chair from ikea?
I believe it is.
By: Crecien Bencio, the resident haiku kid