If you missed it in June/2020 when COVID-19 was just getting under way, here it is again. Phil Anderson sent out a call for pandemic portraits, and artists sent in their work from across the world. These portraits are unlike any others. There were so many submissions they became overwhelming, and many of them show a wonderful sense of humor. We need that now more than ever in 2021.
<“I AM BORED”, by Steve Stober, Toronto photographer><‘ISOLATION IN SILENCE’ by Jacques Desruisseaux, Lennoxville, Quebec><‘NURSE’, by artist and nurse Christina Damianos><‘GAY COUPLE’, by John Hryniuk – “Showing how the pandemic has no prejudice and affects us all – cultures, races, genders, sexual identities, classes, etc.”><‘FREEKY’, mixed media, by Polar Canpolat, Turkey><‘SELF PORTRAIT IN ISOLATION’, by Sarah Leonard>GALLERY 13/13 can be found at 1313 Queen Street West, Toronto; Gallery 1313’s website – http://www.g1313.org
Millions of subscribers tune in to YouTube to watch ‘Clean With Me’, ‘Jessica Tull’, ‘Extreme Cleaning’, ‘The Secret Slob’, ‘Jamie’s Journey’, ‘This Crazy Life’ etc. – and they all have about the same goal – tidying-up and keeping the house clean.Not much fun when you’re doing this all alone, but with help from YouTube, life suddenly becomes easier.Cleaning a house – mine has four storeys – can be totally tedious, especially vacuuming the stairs with a large piece of machinery. This goes on for over an hour, and then come the bathrooms to be cleaned, the kitchen and the downstairs hallway which, in the winter, needs serious scrubbing. Fortunately two of us take turns.Meanwhile, YouTube is offering up many possibilities. My computer is on the fourth floor and, for the most part I’m on 1,2 and 3.levels. Not easily reachable. Ms. Paige, whose YouTube channel is ‘This Crazy Life’ with close to 300,000 subscribers, said “It’s nice to know that you’re not alone. YouTube opened me up to a community of people. It helped me feel less lonely.” And if nothing else, you can always watch her tackle the kitchen.
Below – five of the photos from Simpli. . . . . . LOS ANGELES will always be one of my favourite cities, and I’ll never forget the good times I’ve had there. At the moment both TORONTO and L.A. are in lockdown. Best wishes to both and those who live in them. <Above – City Hall, Downtown Los Angeles. It’s an icon alright.>HOLLYWOOD CINEMA, 1951. “open all night” – Hollywood was annexed by Los Angeles In1950. Population then was 1,970,358 and today it’s 12,447,000 (or more).FREEWAY INTERCHANGES – A complex of intersecting freeways is not that unusual in Los Angeles.LAKEWOOD BUILDING PROJECT – One of those aerial geometric designs Los Angeles is famous for. They look better from the air, and at night they’re spectacular.STREETCAR GRAVE YARD, 1960 – That’s about when the street railways were shut down and replaced by more freeways, buses and cars.MISS CONTROL TOWER, 1951 – Being Miss Control Tower must have been something you’d never forget. This is a picture showing a car wash employee posing with a beauty contest participant. The Control Tower was built in the late 1960’s and is located at the Brackett Field Airport, which had only one runway.’A STAR IS BORN’ starring Judy Garland, 1954. – Jack Warner sent invitations to every movie star in town, weeks before the premiere. Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Doris Day, Humphrey Bogart, and Lauren Bacall were among some of the biggest named stars at the premiere. This was the first televised film debut and it aired on NBC.
H.M.Y. (Her Majesty’s Yacht) ‘Britannia’ docked on June 29,1959, delivering the Queen and Prince Philip to TORONTO. They were in the process of visiting the Maritimes and Quebec after their landing in Gander, Newfoundland on June 18th. This was to be an extensive Royal Tour.The Queen and her Prince carried on regardless around the Great Lakes, parts of the United States, including the Detroit River, the Prairies and the West Coast. Inside the Harbour, the royal couple were welcomed with a 21-gun salute, a ceremoniously decorated Lake and several ocean liners, and the thundering cheers of Canadian sailors.During their two days in Ontario’s capital city, they stopped at City Hall for a ceremony, had dinner at the Royal York Hotel, visited the O’Keefe Centre for the Performing Arts, and took in the 100th running of the Queen’s Plate. Along the way, they waved and met many Canucks from coast-to-coast, and a good number of Americans too. Eventually they were off from Malton Airport (now Pearson International) for Ottawa, and then to Halifax, Nova Scotia. After that, the famous couple left the country on August 1, 1959, bound for London. They’ve visited us many times since.<Queen Elizabeth iI and Prince Philip as they were on June 10, 2016>