Archive for the ‘Arts’ Category

Oasis – Thierry Feuz

There’s an upcoming exhibition of Thierry Feuz’s work coming to the Jacana Gallery in Vancouver. This will be the first Feuz exhibition in Canada.

If you’ve never seen any of his work you definitely don’t want to miss seeing these amazing pieces. Feuz’s use of colours is just absolutely enchanting and spellbinding. You’ll find yourself staring endlessly at the visual hypnosis he’s created.

Joining the Orcas and Spirit Bears

Just after we’ve gotten rid of the Spirit Bears, Vancouverites can now look forward to being inundated with bald eagles.

The majestic winged creatures will soar into the cities of the Lower Mainland in 2009 and will be on hand to greet the international masses at the Olympics. Once again, Judson Beaumont, creator of the Orcas and Spirit Bears, has designed the seven-foot birds with wings spread for the BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities.

At least one local American professed enthusiasm over the news.

“I think the eagles are exciting,” says a GVRD resident of Texan extraction. “They are so patriotically American.”

Others have taken issue with the implications of BC Lions Society president Stephen Miller’s statement that “No West Coast bird is more majestic than the bald eagle.”

“Majestic?” scoffed suburbanite F.G. Maktaaq. “What about the bold raven? The street smart crow? The urban pigeon in iridescent splendour? The French fry-thieving sea gull? The wily whiskey jack? What’s with the anti-scavenger mentality in this city?”

The eagles will complete the trilogy representing land, water and sky. Pending the success of the eagles, the BC Lions Society is looking for inspiration at other elements (i.e. wood represented by the mountain pine beetle) and even other dimensions (i.e. a will o’ the wisp to represent the supernatural in Super Natural British Columbia).

Canstructing a Future Without Hunger

As has been mentioned here before, Canstruction is an annual contest and art show where teams gather to create sculptures completely out of non-perishable foods. The sculptures sit on display at Canada Place for a week and afterwards they are dismantled and the food is donated to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

I think it’s a good event on several levels. It’s a great teambuilding activity, a free art exhibit and some of the results are pretty impressive. Not to mention, it provides local food banks with an influx of food in the middle of March, a time when donations tend to be pretty low.

There’s still time to participate in this year’s competition. The deadline for teams to sign-up is next Friday, February 16. Sculptures from this year’s competition will be on display from March 4th to 11th.

More information can be found on the Canstruction website.

Photo: Snoopy @ Canstruction by annchou.

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire
I came across a smoking, bunt-out wreck of a car on the sidewalk outside the Vancouver Art Gallery the other day. It looked like one of those wrecks one often sees on news about war zones far from our placid shores. While gawkers like myself looked at it and tried to figure out where exactly the smoke was coming from, a little black and white television inside (presumably a better one would have ended up missing fairly quick) blared news reports of SUVs’ impact on the environment.

The installation was the creation of L’Action Terroriste Socialement Acceptable, a provocative art group sniping at the war-for-oil strategy of the United States government and society’s out-of control consumption.

Cheapie Tuesday – VAG & MoA

Vancouver Art Gallery & Museum of Anthropology
By Donation – 5pm – 9pm
VAG @ 750 Hornby Street
MoA @ 6393 N.W. Marine Drive

Time to get cultured! What better way than a double dose. Tuesdays are the happening nights for by donation (or as much as you can afford) admission to two of Vancouver’s best cultural cubbie holes.

The current exhibit going on at the Vancouver Art Gallery is called “PAINT”. Curated by Neil Campbell it’s an exploration into some of British Columbia’s own artists and their take on paint and painting.

Cheapie Sunday – Totems to Turquoise


Totems to Turquoise – Art & Jewellery Exhibit
$10 – 12pm – 4pm
@ Vancouver Museum 1100 Chestnut Street

This exhibit has been on for quite some time and will come to an end in Vancouver in March. Don’t be like me and the Bodyworlds 3 Exhibit at Science World where procrastination lead to me not being able to see it before it left. This is an exhibit that contains over 500 native art pieces in various forms including jewellery created by native artists from both the Northwest and the Southwest.

CUP is coming to Vancouver

Some of the best memories I have are from when I was a student journalist. That’s right before I started blogging for free I worked in the coal mine that is the university press at the Phoenix [tp] at Okanagan University College in Kelowna. I miss pretty much everything about it, including staying up late and struggling with a Powermac G3 and a pirated copy of Quark to get the paper to the printer on time. Whether it was editing an article [ep] or writing one [teotw] it was almost all a joy.

One of the best parts was the paper’s involvement with the Canadian University Press (CUP) [wp], the world’s oldest national student organization. Its yearly national conference was always a great time combining a goodly amount of learning with mind numbing quantities of booze.

This year the annual CUP conference is being hosted in Vancouver from January 18 – 27 [cup]. People from the public are allowed to go, for a price. Having seen some of the big name speakers, such as Nardwuar the Human Serviette and Dan Savage before and they’re both fun if not high on actual education value.

The workshop “Getting paid to blog” sounds very interesting, especially since Vancouver’s Darren Barefoot [db] is one of the speakers. That and the other workshops will definitely be value for the money, if you’re thinking of going.

Though I’ve spoken at past CUP conferences I promise I wasn’t invited to this one, so feel safe in knowing you won’t have to listen to me. Feeling so safe you should go.

Mutant Toy Workshop

Checking out our sister annoying little brother inbred cousin neighbouring city’s 7 gifts (coffee, art, cupcakes), I came across this, nestled among the Santarchy stuff:

Santa Ivan says it’s, “that special time of year when Santa’s helpers gather to rend, tear, saw, cut, fold, spindle and otherwise mutilate boring old toys, then patch, splice, glue, hammer, nail, sew and seal them back together in MUTANTOUS COMBINATIONS! The wonderful, twisted toyspawn that result are then thrust into the glad hands of HIDEOUS CHILDREN and DRUNKEN FRAT BOYS during Santarchy.

If you are coming, BRING: toys, tools, pornography (for frat boys only), power tools, hot glue, staple guns, stuffed animals, sewing kits, and more toys. (Buy them by the baggie at Value Village.)”

Mutant toys? Communal toy frankensteinization? I wish I wasn’t working on Wednesday nights or my deformed toy-loving heart would be there. Therefore, a plea to our local craft collectives – Seamrippers? Blim? Some unknown gallery in New Westminster about to come on everyone’s radar? – please start Vancouver’s own mutant toy workshop! (Suggestion: when you do it, play that 60s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in the background – love that yeti.)

Didn’t get enough of Nikola Tesla from “The Prestige”?

Little known to anyone for the first ten months of the year, 2006 has been deemed the Year of Nikola Tesla, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of his birth.

You can celebrate either by illuminating a light bulb with your bare fingers, dropping his name in conversation at least once per hour amongst your coworkers, or by visiting the Tesla Exhibit currently on display in the lobby of the BC Hydro building downtown.

The exhibit includes photographs, biographical materials, and models of several of his inventions on special loan from the Nikola Tesla Belgrade Museum in Serbia. You’ll be able to amaze your friends with your newfound knowledge of Tesla’s patent battle with Marconi over the invention of the radio, the ongoing war in which Tesla and Westinghouse fought it out with Edison over the reasons why AC power is more practical than DC, and possibly even Tesla’s later life claims that Albert Einstein was a fraud. No matter whose side you choose, you can’t deny that he was one of the 20th century’s most eccentric and interesting great minds.

The exhibit only lasts until November 30, so catch it while you can. Just don’t stick your fingers in any light sockets.

Body Worlds 3

Operating under the aegis of education and health advocacy, Science World’s wildly successful Body Worlds 3 exhibit has some 200 corpses, body parts and torso cross-sections on display for $25 (or $20 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights). The blockbuster show opened September 15 and runs until January 14. Vancouverites can now join the 20 million people who have seen the exhibit and help plastination inventor Gunther von Hagens add to his $200 million profits.

Curious about seeing real dead bodies, not photographs in medical books, in police reports or on, I spent about two hours yesterday peering into body cavities and touching body parts. Science World devoted some four galleries to the display, along with a Body Worlds gift shop. The full-body displays have no glass covers, allowing for close-up viewing, with a descriptive panel that labelled body parts and perhaps a short blurb on the plastination techniques used. The body parts lay in flat display cases and featured more information about bodily functions than the full-body displays. The much-discussed fetus display came at the end, with an alternate exit for those who can’t handle dead babies.

While the audience was mostly adult, some parents brought their elementary school age, adorable little kids who were not squeamish about what they saw. “Mommy, why does that man have three penises?” asked one little girl, who was answered that the two penis-y things flanking the penis were testicles. Other groups of children sat down in front of the bodies to discuss what they were seeing. Near the end, some kids were begging their parents to hurry to the fetus section: “Let’s go see the babies, daddy!”

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