Timeraiser 2011 Artist Spotlight | Derek von Essen – “Vancouver View”

By September 8, 2011Artists, Timeraiser, Uncategorized

In the weeks leading up to Timeraiser Vancouver 2011 we will be posting a series of artist interviews to spotlight artwork which will be featured at the upcoming event. Our second interview is with Derek von Essen, from Vancouver, BC, whose piece “Vancouver View” will be available to be bid on at this year’s Timeraiser in Vancouver.

Timeraiser: How did you hear about Timeraiser 2011?

Derek: I first heard of Timeraiser 6-7 years ago through the Toronto events. I was thoroughly impressed with Timeraiser’s ability to benefit all participants in their unique art/volunteerism/auction mishmash. 

Timeraiser: How did your relationship with nature influence your piece “Vancouver View”?

Derek: Walking through urban parks such as Pacific Spirit and Stanley Park, I experience the city’s natural history and landscape. Queen Elizabeth Park where “Vancouver View” was photographed has an elevated, panoramic, skyline view of the mountains and downtown. I’ve depicted the foreground as reverting back to its natural, wooded terrain spreading out to False Creek, English Bay and Burrard Inlet. It has however, been damaged from a storm (as photographed in the aftermath of the considerably damaging 2006 Stanley Park storm).

Timeraiser:  What is the significance of the upside down tree in “Vancouver View”?

Derek: The significance of the upside tree is two-fold: firstly, as the destroyed forest lays above ground, the roots continue to grow. The second is a homage to Rodney Graham’s series of upside down tree images.

Timeraiser Vancouver 2011 is happening on Thursday September 22, at The Waldorf Hotel. Tickets are now on sale for $20. Click here for more information and to purchase your ticket.