December 8th, 2014 | No Comments »

My friend Kim was driving down to Seattle for the day on Saturday and I decided to tag along with Boris and do a bit of gallery hopping. While she was signing books at Urban Craft Uprising, we wandered around Pioneer Square visiting my favourite galleries.

Below are detail photos of sculptural work by June Sekiguchi at Art Exchange. The rest of the work in the show was pretty fabulous, but I was riveted by Sekiguchi’s work because the layers of intricate shapes are something I badly want to explore with my own work.

June Sekiguchi
June Sekiguchi

June Sekiguchi
June Sekiguchi

June Sekiguchi
June Sekiguchi

Roq la Rue was our next stop to see the fantastical work of Stacey Rozich. She works in watercolours, and my favourite pieces were the small series of layered scenes in shadowbox frames, one of which is pictured here.

Stacey Rozich
Stacey Rozich

I had just encountered the work of Rachel Denny through an Instagram post by the Jealous Curator earlier in the week and had no idea she was showing in Seattle until we were walking past Foster White gallery. The head of the red bull hanging in the front window drew us inside, and I was giddy with delight to see more of her work.

Rachel Denny
Rachel Denny

Rachel Denny
Rachel Denny

Rachel Denny
Rachel Denny

The final show of our brief art tour was a visit to Flatcolor Gallery to see work by Timothy Karpinski. Again, I’d had no idea he had a show in Seattle at the time until I happened upon an invite for his exhibition when we stopped at Zeitgeist for a short break. I’d like to buy all of his work, but the abstract composition of colourful leaves most of all.

Timothy Karpinski
Timothy Karpinski

Timothy Karpinski
Timothy Karpinski

Timothy Karpinski
Timothy Karpinski

Timothy Karpinski
Timothy Karpinski

We also visited Greg Kucera gallery, Method Gallery, Pottery Northwest, and had a wander through Urban Craft Uprising. It was all together a very inspiring and memorable day. I love a good art-themed road trip!

December 2nd, 2014 | No Comments »

On a visit to the Vancouver Art Gallery last week with my friend Mary Anne Tateishi, I was thrilled to see this installation by Ai Wei Wei. It is made up of hundreds of antique wooden stools, stacked from floor to ceiling in a chaos of straight legs and circular seats.

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It was impressive to see in person and get the chance to walk through. This installation is the best thing to see at the VAG by far. It’s part of an exhibition on contemporary Chinese art that continues until April 6th, 2015.

November 11th, 2014 | Comments Off

The usual series of lovely scenes from Bowen Island. It rained heavily but when the weather cleared we had blue skies, bright sun, and colder weather. It feels like winter now.

On the ferry to Bowen Island

Near the beaver dam

Elephant tree

Blue skies above the forest

Anna's Hummingbird

The Anna’s Hummingbird was a frequent visitor to the three feeders Anne has positioned around the windows of the house. I feel lucky to have gotten a few good photos with my iPhone while he was feeding. Most of the time these birds are too speedy to photograph with a camera phone.