Art in the Streets is a newly established community public art program that aims to highlight local artists, enhance the public space and provide context to the area and activities that occur within the community. The program provides opportunities for artists to participate in public art projects, gain professional experience and offer exposure of their work beyond the gallery walls.
This year’s selected artist is Rob “Shockk” Matharu whose designs will be exhibited on street banners along 6th Street, from Columbia Street to 5th Avenue. The banners will be displayed in the Summer and Fall months of 2016. Art in the Streets was made possible by the Public Art Fund of the City of New Westminster.
Please join us for the official opening of the Arts in the Streets program and public celebration of Rob Matharu’s street banners on June 17 at 4:30pm in front of the lawn of City Hall. Light refreshments will be served. Artist will be in attendance.
June 17, 4:30pm
New Westminster City Hall
511 Royal Avenue
New Westminster, BC
Rob “Shockk” Matharu
I find myself meandering the city at night to capture the silent nostalgia that exists in the urban and industrial environment. From railyards to the river front, New Westminster has a rich cultural and industrial heritage that I am compelled to document. I created a series of banners as a homage to New Westminster and as a way to expand upon the layers of nostalgia that this city reveals to me everyday.
My photographic practice began as a way to document my friends in the music industry and continued to expand as a form of personal growth and therapy. Photography is a medium that connects me to present time and space — yet it allows for me to capture the past. My banner imagery is a nostalgic realization of my photography.