Monthly Archives: December 2012

Conversations of Old and New but Always “Pleased to Meet You”

by Janine C. Grant

Works by Gwyn Hanssen Pigott

Wheel-thrown vessels by Gwyn Hanssen Pigott

Approaching the potter’s wheel requires a particular mindset.  You sit down with a lumpy, potato-shaped wad of clay, smack it down on the wheel head, seal the bottom and envision the bowl, mug, plate, or jar you wish this mass to become.  But in order for the imagined to become reality you must prepare yourself for the negotiation that will be dictated through the medium of your hands. Continue reading

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Werewolves, Zombies, Jane, and Abuse: On Michael Jackson’s Thriller

by Jason Smythe

Thriller Cover

November 30, 2012 marked the 30th anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, one of the best-selling and most influential albums of all time. To commemorate this, I have decided to write a scene by scene analysis of the Thriller music video as I view it in its entirety for the first time.
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Punk-Rock 101: The Work of Doreen Grey and the Battle between Idealism and Defeatism in the Vancouver Punk Community

by Jason Smythe

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASatellite Gallery window display. Image courtesy of Morris and Helen
Belkin Art Gallery

Doreen Grey’s work and her archive of art punk touches on the great debate that existed within the Vancouver punk community of the late 1970s and 1980s: Was it possible for those in the mainstream to be woken up and challenge prevailing norms?  Grey’s collection of art punk from this time period shows a community that had a burning desire to bring about lasting change to all facets of society, but at the same time seemed to be admitting that such lofty goals were impossible to achieve.  Did Doreen believe this?

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Guilt-Free Holiday Spending

by Debbie Cheung

Art Market: A Project Space Fundraiser

When you see your friends instagraming photos of giant gingerbread men or cute reindeers with a sled, you know it’s that time of the year again. By the end of October we are bombarded with banal Christmas music and merchandise in retail chains which reminds us of this festive gift-giving ritual. Although we acknowledge that habitual gift-giving pulls us into a downward spiral of empty consumerism, many still see the value in practicing the tradition with their immediate family and close friends. Let’s face it, quitting cold turkey is difficult. In order to fulfill my craving for a year-end celebration and to ease my guilty conscience of being a holiday “big spender,” I managed to shop-for-a-cause at fundraisers produced by local artist-run centres.
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