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slow new wave
Artwork has been removed.
Photo: Clare Yow
slow new wave - photo by Clare Yow
Billboard at Arbutus Street and West 12th Avenue
Northeast corner of the intersection, facing east.
The artwork has been removed from this location.
Two-dimensional artwork
No longer in place
City of Vancouver
Platforms: We Are Here, Live
Description of work

Platforms: We Are Here, Live is a series of temporary public art projects that presented from November 2021 until the end of October 2022.

Platforms: We Are Here, Live commissioned 23 Vancouver-based and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) artists engaged in and grappling with the issues revealed by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Selected artworks were displayed on the following platforms:

  • Billboard at Arbutus St and West 12th Avenue
  • Light box at šxʷƛ̓ exən Xwtl’a7shn Plaza 
  • Banners at Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 
  • Glass wall at City Centre Canada Line Station 
  • Transit shelter posters throughout the city
  • VanLive! video screen, Robson St and Granville St
  • Digital display boards throughout the city
Artist statement

slow new way was exhibited on a billboard at Arbutus Street and West 12th Avenue from May 2 -  July 31, 2022.

2020 found Clare Yow, a new parent, grappling with familial strain and the sudden loss of community. Confronting neoliberal issues around productivity, momentum, and desire in her caregiving and creative work, slow new wave was born out of honouring these difficult times and conversations.

In this photographic and text work, the artist is engaging in playful gestures with her toddler, their limbs in concert and afloat in darkness, grasping, raising, and straining.

As a woman of colour, she strives to make sense of the cascading, systemic crises that continue to grip us, while finding solace with others striving for a better and kinder way forward.

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