Around the time of the ART CRAWL unusual work also began to appear on the Mary St. east frontage of Oshawa's neglected "old dame".
First of all was the 8-bit retro-whimsy of Dani Crosby's pixel art. Although this was designed to promote the show the piece that was on display was an outright work of digital art that epitomizes the creative energy that has hit this city.
Next up and for a limited engagement (the Art Crawl) was the Howler, a piece by artist Steven Laurie that fooled many a passerby. This temporary faux retail façade answered a question that may or not be on your mind: 'Where do I go to purchase a "Leaf Blower Powered Bagpipe?". Steven may actually demonstrate his prototype next year. This digital work seems to be howling about a manufacturing-based economy looking towards culture to reinvent itself.
It turns out that without knowing it, co-organizers Steven Frank and Gary Greenwood both looked to the same Downtown Oshawa incident for inspiration. The 1918 plane crash near the four corners. Both artists used photos from the Robert McLaughlin Gallery's Thomas Bouckley Collection for their source material and would like to thank the RMG. Like starlets on the red carpet wearing the same Valentino they squared off and once the dust settled they agreed they would both deal with this potentially horrific incident. This was the most famous "Space Invader occurrence" to hit the Downtown until now. Steven has taken liberties to suggest what may have contributed to the crash in this 12' x 8' digital aluminum art piece.