farm city!


September 28, 2011
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it’s been a long while since ive posted here at farmcity!, but this short lil documentary just about sums up the ethos that i strive toward – diy, do&hope.

‎”basically, all this is just…going out there and doing it.”

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lend a helping hand.

March 20, 2011
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overunder + No Touching Ground. Graffiti. Wall Art. Wheat Paste. Brooklyn, USA.

An interesting wheatpaste / paint mural combo. Playing on the notion of paper as an ephemeral medium (when pasted out-of-doors, especially). Over time, the piece will disintegrate but also introduce a new mural.
I like this idea. From overunder, who also seems to be responsible for my favourite blog / project idea of recent times – blogcabinbrooklyn.

long art.

March 8, 2011
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Aaron De La Cruz. Street Art / Graffiti / Murals.

Art. On Walls. And On Bikes. Rad.

More here.


October 15, 2010
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Lou Dorfsman (with Herb Lubalin and Tom Carnase). CBS Building. 1966. New York.

Gastrotypographicalassemblage is a 35 feet by 8.5 feet tall work of art designed by Lou Dorfsman to decorate the cafeteria in the CBS Building in New York City.

Dorfsman designed the work for the building’s cafeteria, using varied typefaces to list all of the foods offered to patrons in hand-milled wood type. The project was ultimately completed in 1966 with assistance from graphic designer Herb Lubalin, and Tom Carnase, who crafted the typography from Dorfsman’s original design.

CBS removed the wall from the cafeteria in the 1990s, but there is currently a movement to restore the wall to its previous glory by the new owners, the not-for-profit Center for Design Study in Atlanta.

summer / food / fun.

July 28, 2010
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I just came from my friend Dave’s afternoon, mid-week farm market. He’s growing some really great shit.
I bought eggs and carrots and herbs and lettuces and onions and tomatoes and tri-coloured beans and zucchini.
Inspired. Gonna make some summer foods.

build this city.

June 6, 2010
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Lewis Hine. American. Photographer. Sociologist. Labour Rights Activist. 1874-1940.

Lewis Hine took thousands of photos of workers in the United States. His work was instrumental in child-labour reform.
Needless to say, the subject matter is right up my alley and the composition, beautiful.
(I think my favourites are of the lone worker, constructing high above the city below).


May 30, 2010
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“Before the real city could be seen it had to be imagined, the way rumours and tall tales were a kind of charting.”
– Ondaatje

I just finished reading Michael Ondaatje’s In the Skin of a Lion, a novel about the process of work, descriptions of workers, city-building, public-works. It takes place in 1920s and 1930s Toronto and features immigrant labourers, sex and the Bloor Street viaduct.
I’ve been telling people it’s one of my favourite books, full of my favourites things: workers, politics, the imagining of urban spaces, art thievery.
I’d recommend it. To you.

ministry of communes.

April 23, 2010
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Caracas, Venezuela.

“Our gallery is the street, and that means we have to hope our images spur passers-by to think a little before they disappear.”

These photos are of Venezuelan street artists, taken by Meridith Kohut for the New York Times. The Times has an interesting article + accompanying slide show about the Chavez government’s support for street art and its usefulness as a propaganda tool. The Ministry of Communes has assembled a number of street art brigades to spray paint, wheat paste and otherwise reclaim urban space for art + politics.
Interesting photos and more cool shit sure to come out of Caracas if the government keeps buying kids paint and letting them run wild in the street…

the sum of its parts.

April 12, 2010
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Napoli Pizza.

Dough, Olive Oil, Tomatoes, Basil, Buffalo Mozzarella, Wood Fire / Brick Oven.
Fucking Gorgeous.

top shelf 2.

April 7, 2010
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Essex County Volume Two: Ghost Stories. Jeff Lemire.

Ghost Stories is basically the story of an old, deaf man from rural Southern Ontario.
I picked up the book because of the tags on the back:

Farm Life / Hockey / Graphic Novels

I was previously enamored with one of their publications for very similar reasons and posted on it here.

Anyway, hockey and farming and loneliness and alcoholism and regret and family are all themes of this novel. It’s sad, it’s hard, it’s life. I enjoyed it immensely.
The illustrations speak for themselves – missing from this collection I’ve posted are Lemire’s great renderings of the City of Toronto and the County of Essex.

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