Journey to the Centre – An Art Meditation

This image is of a Susan Point sculpture in the rotunda at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The power of art can come, in part, through how it is set into space. I chose this image both for the art and how it interacts with the space it is in. This image is enough on its…

The Benefits of Art Meditation

“Art is Life”, “Art is Change”, “Art is Essential”. How many cliché art phrases have you heard in your life? Probably enough to convince you that art is not really your thing. How many philosophical commentaries on art have you passed over.  Perhaps enough to make you believe that art is something for academics to contemplate….

Sculpting Art, Shoes and Life

I assumed it was going to be completely outside of the art circles I had been spinning in since moving to Vancouver “Sensual Tektonica” was the name of the Art Gala showcasing Rudolf Sokolovski‘s work. I don’t even know what Tektonica means, it was a formal event and it cost me $20 to get in….

Howie Tsui on Art Made of Flesh

Heading downtown to the Vancouver Art Gallery on a Tuesday evening after work would have been worth it just to discover what the Kowloon Walled City was. But I didn’t know it was the inspiration behind Howie Tsui‘s animated piece, Retainers of Anarchy when I went to hear him speak that night. I went because his…

Colouring Outside the Formline

From the first time I saw Steve Smith‘s work at the Vancouver International Airport, I knew he was not a traditionalist. In a documentary by Fred Cawsey about the artist and the installations at YVR, Steve says: “My interest isn’t really to do traditional native art … I’m trying to do native art in a way…

Discovering the Museum of Vancouver

The Museum of Vancouver is situated in beautiful Kitsilano, directly across Burrard Bridge from downtown Vancouver. It is convenient, yet refreshingly out of the downtown fray. It is also right beside the Space Centre so it’s a handy place to check two things off your list. The Museum has lots of pay parking available and, although the entrance fee is…

Inner Balance in the Quest for Creativity

Attending the Susan Point show, Spindle Whorl at the Vancouver Art Gallery got me thinking about the balance of Masculine and Feminine in the quest for creativity. Point so beautifully blends the two elements in her work. She has such a design eye and has ventured into her art career with a drive for success….

Anarchy and the Hong Kong Influence in Vancouver

Vancouver has one of the most culturally diverse populations of cities around the world with the asian population being one of the biggest. However, this isn’t well reflected in the art world and so I was pleased to discover the two exhibits on floor three at the Vancouver Art Gallery recently. Howie Tsui‘s show, “The Retainers…

5 Things I Love About Susan Point’s Show, Spindle Whorl

Strong women, it seems, are everywhere. It may just be that I need to see them now more than ever, and so my eyes are watching, waiting for the next bit of inspiration and reminder that I am a blessed species. With Women’s Day just last Wednesday the Susan Point Exhibit at the Vancouver Art…

Saturday Morning Update: Group Show at El Kartel

Well, it’s Saturday morning again blog followers. Coffee in hand? Great. Here’s a little update on my trip to El Kartel last Saturday night. The show was small but well curated. Because I love fashion and art I was looking for where the two came collide. Someone was paying attention to colour in the curation…

Saturday Morning “ArtDate”: Automatons at Visual Space Gallery

Good morning blog followers! I hope you’ve finished your run down Yuppy Lane, have changed out of your sweaty yoga pants into your Lululemon yoga pants, have your vanilla, soy, half sweet, double double thingy from Starbucks in hand because this is your first Saturday morning ArtDate – update, but about art, so … “ArtDate” (insert…

The Creative Sweet Spot

  You know the feeling. You’re doing something and you’re completely oblivious to time passing, someone saying your name, the fact that you have to pee … all completely irrelevant and ignorable compared to that sweet, sought-after feeling of being completely in the groove. But it’s not the groove itself that I’m going to talk about…