September 15th, 2014
It feels like an exciting time in Vancouver arts at the moment because of the work being done by Vancouver Biennale. There were installs of new public art pieces around the city over the summer, including the huge new mural by Os Gemeos on Granville Island and the sculpture pictured here by Jonathan Borofsky.
It was a beautiful day to be outside on Saturday so I decided to walk over to Olympic Village, where this is installed, and take a look. It’s in a great location along the seawall with plenty of space around it. The work is made of painted and molded galvanized steel, featuring pixelated colourful figures stacked to the sky. It’s a striking sculpture and will be a welcome splash of colour in the area when the rainy days finally come around.
Visit the Vancouver Biennale website to learn more, and for a short audio tour of the work.
September 9th, 2014
The Eastside Culture Crawl is offering a few workshops related to professional development for their participating artists. On Tuesday September 23rd I will be teaching the workshop, Instagram for Artists.
Instagram is a mobile-based photo sharing app with 100 million active users, and the favourite Social Media tool for creative people. Rachael Ashe will demonstrate the potential of Instagram as a means for showcasing artwork, sharing process, and engaging a local and international online audience. The workshop will include a thorough exploration of Instagram functionality, how to use hashtags, apps to use with Instagram, building an audience, promoting your work etc.
I’ve taught this workshop a few times to small groups of artist friends and the feedback has been positive. I use Instagram daily to share my work, and I think it’s one of the best tools around for creative people.
Please visit the Eastside Culture Crawl website to sign up for this workshop »
September 8th, 2014
My friend M.A. Tateishi has an exhibition of new paintings at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison, BC. The show opened this past weekend so Boris and I decided to use it as an opportunity to go on a road trip adventure.
On Saturday morning we hopped in a Car2Go (because we don’t have a car of our own) and headed into the Fraser Valley. We made a few stops along the way to buy fresh local fruits and veggies, do a little thrifting at Value Village in Chilliwack, and grab to-go lemon sour cream pie from the Chilliwack Airport Coffee Shop (aka I Fly For Pie).
Pictured here are four new mixed media paintings by M.A. Tateishi. These are large 48″ x 48″ bold works with multiple layers of paper, paint, and resin on wood panel. It’s a tough call but I think Bumbleberry Pie is my favourite of the new work.
The show continues in Harrison for the month of September. View more photos of the work on M.A. Tateishi’s blog.