MASHUP – Jacques Villegle @the VAG


Extract from VAG’s write up on Jacques Villegle:

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“The idea was really to take what was out there in the street and basically just select a section of it and frame it. All the work was really done by someone else, time passing, or the weather.”



“In the 1930s, the poster was called the “journal (newspaper) of the street,” something that really reflected society. And what I think I realized at the time was that the posters, as an art form, were always going to evolve and so there would always be something new to explore. In the 1950s for example, photography was not used in posters, it was still drawings.”



A keen observer of urban art and society, each of his works bears the name of the street where the poster was collected. For Villeglé the posters are as much witnesses as they are actors in their environment, and while he makes the choice of framing the final image, he is completely absent from the actual execution of the works, which have been created by an anonymous collective, which is why he describes his ripped posters as “lacères anonymes.”

Rues Saint Georges Saint Lazare

Credits: All images, except the first and last, and all descriptors were photographed at the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) by clinock. Thanks to the VAG.

The first and last images thanks to Google Images.

Villegle quotes in italics and final write-up on the artist thanks to

Offline, for a time…

is-okask the old question,

Is everything okay or not?

and Trickster appears.


photo and haiku by clinock. Credit to unknown artist.

I will be off-line for a while, the essential needs attention.

Art Rat.

art rat


October’s face.

October's faceOctober’s face

torn by wet winds

erodes and decays,

entering a deep

and melancholic



It’s a worn and aging mask

painted with autumn


dreaming of sunflowers

broken by storms,

trees ripped into

spinning kaleidoscopes

of red and gold confetti,


tire marks

in the snow.


October’s face,

up against the wall of time



descends with the leaves

towards darker days.


Its beauty is short

but the fall

is long.


poem and photo by clinock (edited redux).

photo: found wall art, Vancouver. Thanks and Credit to unknown artist.

Autumn Resurrection

Resurrectionsometimes, even

in the season

of dying and farewells

the broken,

the rusted,

the rejected

are touched by magic,


garlanded in lights

and flowers,


and honoured

as fallen leaves

and a tenuous sun

ride summer memories

through October streets.


photo and poem by clinock.

Click on photo for superior viewing experience.

Iconicalities. holy humour.

holy humour“I know you’re new at this Mary but is it wise to bathe the child in chicken soup?”

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Sorry, I couldn’t resist. This has to be one of my all time favorite Madonna and Child icons. The expression on the face of baby JC cracks me up every time. (Feel free to add your own caption if you wish…)

photo by clinock, from pavement outside of Siena Cathedral, Italy.

Click on photo for superior viewing experience.

 i•con (ˈaɪ kɒn)

  1. a picture, image or other representation.
  2. an image of Christ, a saint, etc., venerated as sacred.
  3. a sign or representation that stands for something by virtue of a resemblance or analogy to it: an icon of womanhood.
  4. a person or thing that is revered or idolized: a pop icon.
  5. a small graphic image on a computer screen representing a disk drive, a file, or a software command.

[1565–75; < Latin < Greek eikn likeness, image, figure]

Farewell Douglas Coupland and Slogans 9,10 and 11

last blocksThis ‘monument’ of children’s lettered blocks were a component of a full room symbolic  representation of Coupland’s brain brilliantly conceived and executed by the artist using found objects. This is my final example of text-based art from this summer exhibition. The show closed on September 1 and I close this series today. It has been fun sharing Coupland’s art with you and I thank you for your comments and ideas.

Here is a view of downtown Vancouver as one leaves the VAG. (Click to enlarge).

downtownand here are Slogans 9, 10 & 11 chosen from so many more I haven’t shown:

Slogan 9Slogan 10

Slogan 11Please see my first post in this series for full explanation of all posts and of photo below: ‘Gumhead’. Also see my first ‘Slogans’ post to understand #9, 10 & 11.

Credits: thank you to Douglas Coupland and the Vancouver Art Gallery for images and wall descriptions used in this series.

Gumhead 2

All photos by clinock.


Humorous Interlude – DIY. LOL.


My LOL challenge: Submit a humorous caption for this photograph in your comment.

The funniest caption writer will win a signed copy of my underwear. (How can you resist)😉

Photo by clinock