Questioning Lazy Generation: Matthew Williamson’s Down and Out

by Ellie Chung

Matthew Williamson Down and Out, 2012

Matthew Williamson, Down and Out, 2012

Take a look at Matthew Williamson’s ‘tutorials on thinking deeply in a shallow way,’ Down and Out series (2012). The artist commodifies one’s internal private thoughts by externalizing and then sharing to a nonspecific broad public with minimal articulation. There are total 25 short videos, each featuring iPhone generated 3D animations rotating slowly for about a minute and a half. The viewers will hear Williamson musingly commenting about personal insights regarding the internet culture and technology such as emails or smartphones and google image search. The consequences of bringing personal moments of self-reflections into the realm of public consumption remain questionable. Continue reading

The Act of Seeing with One’s Own Eyes

by Alex Southey

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Ed Atkins, A Primer for Cadavers, 2011 (video still)

The title of this article is also the title of Contemporary Art Gallery’s current exhibition that I just attended. The gallery’s lobby is fairly plain and although BC Binning Gallery one hallway over is as well, it is artistic in itself. Rugs are laid out across a black floor, and the only light in the room comes from the screen consistently showing one video submission after another. There are chairs on the left and right side of the room, and a long couch at the back. Continue reading

Acne, Jeff Wall, and Normcore: Examining the Mundane

by Joanna Chaffin

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Normcore as a term has been getting a lot of buzz lately, usually describing the resurgence and popularity of dressing, well, normal. A trend in fashion that seems sort of ridiculous, normcore, favours the everyday silhouettes, brands and shapes that are usually not given a second glance. What some might say is the “anti-fashion” seems to be very in-fashion at the moment. Continue reading

Another Godzilla Movie

by Alex Southey

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Despite the number of existing Godzilla movies, yet another has been released in to the world by Warner Bros this May. This Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards, is a retelling of the origin story. I found that though this film was void of genuine substance, doesn’t mean it wasn’t fun to watch. Continue reading

Spacious Ladder: Found Scaffold/Architectural Sculpture/Curious Construction/Perfect Blue

by Katharina Schulz

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I first saw the piece of scaffolding that is now “Spacious Ladder” down in the big old warehouse studio at Victoria and Triumph that I had been sharing with Sarah and Rachel Seburn. They had been looking for a piece of scaffolding, and this one was just the right hue of construction blue. It experienced a brief stint as a bungee-cord-suspended DJ table on a tropical, late night Evening Music Event this Spring. Now we are loitering, catching up, and shooting the shit under “Spacious Ladder’s” newly found function as Access Gallery’s awning. The Seburns—sisters and artistic collaborators—tell me how the work became a joint effort with the boys over at “The Flats,” the condo development that is going up directly across the street. Continue reading

Nepotism in Film

by Alexander Southey

ffandsofiacoppolaNepotism is, loosely, favoritism. Favoritism can be found everywhere in cinema, be it between family or friends, and, though it can end in bumbling stupidity and a waste of film time, it has also produced genius. Here, I’ll explore two great cases of nepotism—the Coppola and Reitman Families. Continue reading

Mad Sublime: Why Mad Men is Art

by Jason Smythe

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I have a confession to make: I am an addict. My addiction: Mad Men. And with the show on hiatus until 2015 I am suffering from serious withdrawals. I thought I had experienced pain but I was mistaken, for there is no pain greater than a Mad Men detoxification. But in-between the jags of immense soul-crushing pain I had an epiphany, and it was that Mad Men is more than a TV show – it is art. What is my definition of art and how Mad Men reaches such lofty heights? Read more to find out. Continue reading