“High Art” Lame Excuse To Move Vancouver Gallery

CANNABIS CULTURE – Plans to build a new $400-million Vancouver Art Gallery at a different location have received little support from the public. Now, volunteers at the historic downtown location have come up with another important reason they MUST move: marijuana smoke.

“It wafts in from the front steps,” Gallery volunteer David Allison told the Globe & Mail. “So here I am in this room surrounded by Emily Carrs and Group of Seven pieces and all these amazing, amazing contemporary artworks that we have in our possession as a city and as a citizenry, and there’s dope wafting through the air.”

The volunteer made the comments during a public information session about the VAG’s relocation efforts. Its board of directors has plans for an expensive new building to be erected in Vancouver’s last empty city block, which haven’t been going over well with the public according to city council.

It’s true that Vancouver’s cannabis community has claimed the Gallery as their own to some degree. The VAG plays host three times a year to large protests – large CANNABIS protests – 4/20 on April 20, Cannabis Day on July 1, and The Global Marijuana March in the spring. And it is true, on those three days a year, massive purple clouds waft up from the grounds of the Gallery, and I’m sure the smell is strong and unmistakable.

But what about the rest of the year? I make my way past the gallery quite often, and have undoubtedly seen smoke sessions take place on the main steps. It is a central location that provides a nice place to sit and smoke, like many other Vancouver locations.

To be honest, I haven’t looked at the facts enough to know if moving the Art Gallery is a good idea. I love the current location, but understand the building is old and a Heritage site, making it very difficult to renovate or expand on.

I must say, however, that this has to be one of the lamest excuses I have heard, and is evidence that VAG officials are grasping for anything they can use to gain support for their dwindling hopes of a move.

It is also a cheep-shot at Vancouver’s cannabis community. VAG board members should be ashamed of themselves for attempting to use anti-marijuana stigma to scare Vancouverites into believing that rampant pot smokers are destroying our treasured pieces of art, simply to further their own relocation efforts.

Just my critique.

Read “‘High art’ may be another reason to move gallery” in the Globe & Mail for more lame quotes from Gallery officials.



  1. Anonymous on

    Thanks for your comments about your experiences giving blowjobs to mufflers

    it made my day

  2. Blueridge_Bandit on

    well, at least its better then the fucking exhaust of cars and paper factories.

  3. Anonymous on

    The now by way of the largest annual deficit in the history of Canada, Harper has well funded the huge and very taxpayer expensive propaganda machine. At every possible opportunity that can be publicly mentioned, Harper’s well oiled right wing trash promotions, especially in Vancouver and Toronto, both cities crucial in the Harper headed Conservatives struggle to gain a majority. It is rumored that if Harper again fails in the next election to gain such a majority he will be replaced by (Tony Clement)? Just kidding. Scary though!

  4. Uncle Bob on

    I love the smell of Cannabis….it reminds me of Freedom.

  5. Anonymous on

    The point still stands that anywhere there is sensitive artifacts the climate should be controlled. No unfiltered outside air should be able to find its way in period.

  6. Anonymous on

    Anything else we can do
    to make it easier for you
    to piss in comfort ?

    you must have one _awesome bathroom
    with spacious galleries;
    curators, security guards;
    strolling tourists, a giftshop
    and 1000 people smoking pot
    outside the door
    as Marc Emery gives
    a series of fairwell speeches

  7. Anonymous on

    Does smoking dope
    help you understand & appreciate
    traffic signs on the highway
    that otherwise
    you wouldn’t have ?

    its all about the message

    Just sayin’

  8. Anonymous on

    honestly i had no real care of art until i started smoking dope, then i would start to go to art museums, i can not enjoy art as much if i am not high it helps understands what the artists message. So no wonder they blazing i would be out with them so that i could appreciate the art better

  9. persecutedinalberni on

    There is a EEG technician in nanaimo that can varify I have lots of alha’s more than most of you anyway lol not throwin my ego at you.

    As I have said I was persecuted in such a way that the people in my life think this is mental issues and the doctor want to try and prove it.

    I know that when I make an accusation I am correct on my assumtions,most of the time.
    While they were throwing me in mental ward to fool my family and community they also did lots of tests and scans so they could try and use an ailment to fool even further aswell as gather info on me they want.

    So when the EEG was all over an as the technician was taking the probes of my scalp I said ” so how was it ,find anything wrong”.
    Right away he stuck his hand out to shake mine and said “Richard thanks for coming ,it has been years since I seen such healthy human brain waves”.
    I remember thinking what does he mean “human” does he give EEG’s to ducks,fish,aliens aswell?

    I thought he gives report to doctor and he tells me and he said said yes but the technician tells doctor what is wrong and that doctor couldn’t read EEG worth a shit.
    So since I am cronic pot smoker and every test and scan they did one me they were allways amazed at my health for a forty something year old I would say your post has worth.
    If I am being told my brain is very healthy like the guy wished he had my brain then how can weed be bad for the brain because I have been doin it for years.
    In fact I honestly believe that all the years of pot smoking I did cleaned my body of all the bad heavy drugs I had done in my younger years,honest to god.
    I did alot of ugly things to my brain while still in my teens and early twenties and even though I like the results of all these test they did on a guy that is suppost to be sick in the head because he made SERIOUS accusations against authorities it is still hard to believe my brain waves are healthy lol lmfao.

    Oh and yes I am very creative too.

  10. Anonymous on

    You need to have at least some moral to condemn something that does less harm than the boozle that she drinks every day.

  11. Anonymous on

    The problem is the fact that they think they need 400 million to show off art.

    It will look the same hanging in my bathroom.

  12. Anonymous on

    the day 1000 cars park
    on the steps of
    the Vancouver art gallery
    and rev their engines
    to form a huge cloud of smoke
    for the sole purpose of
    raising a cloud of smoke

    – we’ll talk

    Free Henry Ford – Free Yourself

  13. Anonymous on

    You brought up the almighty dollar, not me’
    It was in your soul not mine
    that’s your value system talking , not mine
    I was discussing basic artistic ability ( drawing )
    and public acceptance of vision ( getting a show )
    Looks like you missed all that-
    and was swept up in the money thing

    — punktwit stoner goof brat

    next stop NYC
    where you will make
    a _great waiter

  14. Anonymous on

    I call BS. I’m no expert but should any museum etc. have positive air pressure, so nothing comes in?

    Forget the Cannabis smoke, what about car exhaust, air pollution, humidity?

    If you can actually smell the outside inside of a museum you need to retweak your HVAC system. At least that is what I think.

  15. Anonymous on

    if you think art is about the almighty dollar then you are clueless about art,

  16. Anonymous on

    hey twit here is something i know that u hate …the last word

  17. Anonymous on

    ,, another artist who isn’t working
    who owes a fortune in student loans
    sucks back on joints
    talks art= culture =validity crap
    and still can’t draw
    or get a show

  18. Anonymous on

    hey twit go fuck yourself…..

  19. Anonymous on

    In case stoners ever wanted to know why
    ” normal people” don’t like them and never
    intervene when you get busted by the cops
    its because of this sort of attitude..
    implying that the rest of the world
    should be grateful breathing your exhaust.

  20. A Toker on

    Laws are changed all the time, and enforcement varies widely (particularly if you’re wealthy). Bad laws can and should be stricken from the books, and if the lawyers and politicians refuse to do it, the people will one way or another.

  21. Ryan on

    ?”…So here I am in this room surrounded by Emily Carrs and Group of Seven pieces and all these amazing, amazing contemporary artworks that we have in our possession as a city and as a citizenry, and there’s dope wafting through the air.”

    So where’s the problem? Maybe if Mr. Allison breathed a little deeper he might find some inspiration, and his own art career might progress beyond volunteering in the moldy basement of the VAG…

  22. Anonymous on

    The legalization movement
    is where it is today
    because of people like you

  23. Anonymous on

    Can’t stand the heat? Get out of the kitchen. Same goes for the smoke. Don’t like it? Get the fuck out of BC. You’re definitely in the wrong place if you don’t like it…

    Get with the times, the rest of the planet that has a brain is realizing it’s not harmful. California is on the verge of legalizing the plant for RECREATIONAL use! Can you believe that? That must really burn you up.

    You complain about cannabis but not tobacco? Tobacco smoke is MUCH more harmful to your body than cannabis ever has been or ever will be. Irradiated soils, toxic chemicals, insecticides… these are all in your precious little cancer sticks. Not for me, thanks. Burning plant matter will cause carcinogenic effects… PERIOD. However, sticking to just cannabis, you will have MUCH less damage done to your body than if you were a cigarette smoker. Vaporizers lessen the risk even greater… even waterpipes/bongs help alleviate things.

    First off, you need to read a book called “Marijuana is SAFER, So Why Are We Driving Our Kids To Drink?” — maybe it will open your eyes. I wouldn’t put money on it though. Secondly, you need to watch the documentary “The Union”; if the book does not open your eyes, perhaps the movie will. I feel sorry that you live in such a sheltered piece of the world.

    [quoted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetrahydrocannabinol#Toxicity%5D

    “One estimate of THC’s LD50 for humans indicates that about 1500 pounds (680 kilograms) of cannabis would have to be smoked within 14 minutes.[18] This estimate is supported by studies which indicate that the effective dose of THC is at least 1000 times lower than the estimated lethal dose (a “safety ratio” of 1000:1). This is much higher than alcohol (safety ratio of 10:1), cocaine (15:1), or heroin (6:1).[19]”

    100 times safer than alcohol! Here’s another great link for you to take a gander at: http://www.lycaeum.org/mv/mu/LD50_table.html

    A list of LD50s for a bunch of substances, including tetrahydrocannabinol, nicotine, caffeine…

    I’ll be sure to come by and blow as much of the stinkiest, stickiest green (and purple) that I’ve got right in those front doors so you can enjoy… have a nice day!

  24. Bob Billings on

    I cant stand “modern” art. A person who forms a giant copper cube, puts it on a pedestal and calls it “The Cube” is NOT an artist. They’re more manufacturers than artists.

  25. Anonymous on

    you must be a kid because you defend the last lecture you took.
    So you don;t like Emily Carr? well aren’t you significant and edgy..
    Our offer to get lost still stands..

  26. Anonymous on

    Hey Sissy, first off; Andy Warhol was not part of the New York school, he was a Pop artist. The New York school is a philosophy for abstract painting (i.e contemporary works) and just because I don’t like Emily Carr doesn’t mean I don’t like Canada. I’m a Canadian and concerned about the city of Vancouver. Get a clue next time before you go off half cocked…you twit.

  27. Pedro on

    A lot of the “art” stinks… beauty is in the eyes, ears & nose of the beholder

  28. Anonymous on

    “Marijuana has the effect of slightly increasing alpha-wave activity in your brain. Alpha waves are generally associated with meditative and relaxed states, which are, in turn, often associated with human creativity”.

    “Creativity is another activity for which Alpha brain waves are helpful. Scientists have shown that highly creative people have different brain waves from normal and non-creative people. In order to have a creative inspiration, your brain needs to be able to generate a big burst of Alpha brain waves, mostly on the left side of the brain. The brains of creative people can generate these big Alpha brain wave bursts, and do so when they are faced with problems to solve. Normal and non-creative people do not produce Alpha brainwave increases when they are faced with problems, and so they can not come up with creative ideas and solutions. Any time you have an insight or an inspiration, you know your brain just produced more Alpha waves than usual. Increased creativity is helpful for everyone. One way to increase creativity is to increase Alpha brain waves”.

    “Many hundreds of scientists have spent a lot of time studying these basic brain waves of the EEG, so there is a lot of basic knowledge about what Alpha brain waves are and what makes them appear and disappear in our brains. Yes, they appear and disappear. Alpha brain waves are not always present. For example, in deep sleep there are no Alpha brain waves, and if someone is very highly aroused as in fear or anger, again there are virtually no Alpha brain waves. Delta brain waves are seen only in the deepest stages of sleep (Stages 3 and 4). Theta brain waves are seen in light sleep and drowsiness (sleep stages 1 and 2). Alpha brain waves are seen in wakefulness where there is a relaxed and effortless alertness. Beta brain waves are seen in highly stressful situations, and where there is difficult mental concentration and focus”.

  29. Anonymous on

    next direct flight Vancouver to New York is in about two hours’
    I am sure you can pack all you narrow snits in record time
    We’ll even drive you to the airport
    We’ll even wave goodbye

    say hello to the $100,000.00 soup cans for us when you get back

  30. Anonymous on

    You don;t need to lead a moral high tone
    to smell marijuana smoke
    it stinks all by itself

    and how do you know all about Britney Spears
    moral life and alcohol consumption patterns?
    you don’t know, you are just shooting shit
    You are just another dumb stoner making crap up as you go

  31. Anonymous on

    First off… I am an a artist,i follow the New York school of art and i have to say that Emily Carr’s work sucks. its boring and plain, and the Emily Carr institute of art is a conformity factory,its a joke just like every other school that try,s to teach the ineffable. Leonardo would vomit to see what is being taught in his name…sigh.
    Next, Vancouver is a money grubbing city that sold its soul back in the 80s for the Expo then lied to the people about the amount of money that would be needed to get the Olympics in Vancouver.
    The city of Vancouver is dirty and filled with social problems i think that 400 million could be used in other ways to help the city and the people in it.
    So David Allison go fuck your self my man and stop trying to fleece the people of Vancouver in the name of art, you up tight formalist cock sucker.
    Art is conflict for realization… so moving the museum is against what art is about and no amount of money can change that.
    Charles Bukowski wrote “Art, as the spirit wanes the form appears” sounds like you David, you mother fucker.

  32. AM on

    Wow that is a very big cheap shot. Maybe they should keep in mind that most of the artists that create the works of art they treasure all smoke cannabis. Try going down to the Art Institute of Vancouver and see how many students are out having a toke in between classes. Some of the best creative artists all smoke cannabis, It is the type of people we are and part of what helps add to our creativity. The best drawings are done when your loose and relaxed having a good time.

  33. Anonymous on

    Sorry, but Britney Spears isn’t a good example of moral. She’s aways drunk, she’s known for using hard drugs and she’s an irresponsible mother. Could you please choose someone else as example to show people how straight and moral your are your positions?

  34. Anonymous on

    >Britney Spears made the same
    observation when she played Vancouver last year..
    that the stoners in the audience
    made it unbearable for her to perform
    so she left the stage till the clouds
    of dope smoke subsided a little

    Oops! You did it again