Monthly Archives: February 2013

I Found a Dreamscape

by Jane Sojin Kim

IMG_4752 Artwork by Heidi Kerr, photo courtesy of Leif Friggstad

On the fringe of January, the Concourse Gallery at Emily Carr University was transformed into a dreamscape. In the exhibition Stratified Spaces, people’s stories were poetically narrated through photographs and installations. Images of the interior and exterior of houses provoked memories of home, while other installations lured me into a completely new and untouched—even surreal—realm. Continue reading

Dear Vancouver…

by Ryan Nussbacher

Photo courtesy of Ryan Nussbacher

Vancouver, I love you but… marks the end of the exhibition Object(ing): The Art/Design of Tobias Wong. The title is derived from Wong’s 2010 piece New York, I love you but you’re bringing me down, which is based on the LCD Soundsystem song of the same name. This event was made possible by the gracious support of the Wong Family (also in attendance) in honour of their late son, Tobias.
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Adrian Stimson Has Us Holding Our Breath

by Arielle Quan

Adrian Stimson, 'Holding Our Breath', Grunt GalleryPhoto courtesy of Grunt Gallery

A wall-sized, black-charcoal drawing looms behind a sandbox surrounded by barbed wire. It’s an imposing first impression of Adrian Stimson’s Holding Our Breath exhibition at the Grunt Gallery. In fact, I was a little intimidated. The large-scale installation was being promoted as a critical dialogue about (but not limited to) military and political colonization, the Afghanistan conflict and the First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples’ presence in the Canadian Armed Forces. However, the exhibit turned out to be more than just big words and bigger Political Messages. As Stimson said, he is “just another voice that can be considered or trigger something in the viewer that makes them want to know more.”

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Sometimes I Stop to Smell the Roses

by Jason Smythe

Push FestivalPhoto by Tim Matheson

I hate clichés, and the one about “stopping to smell the roses” is particularly annoying. But behind every annoying cliché is a kernel of truth, and it wasn’t until I experienced the Sometimes I Think I Can See You exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery that I realized this, for the exhibit (which is happening at multiple venues across the city) proves that there is brilliance and art all around us—we just need to take the time to have a look around every now and then.

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