Murakami Storms Vancouver

  It’s February 1, 2018, 8:40 a.m. and Murakami is already getting wired in for the media preview interview at the Vancouver Art Gallery for the opening of his show, The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg. I’m surprised to see him there so early, before most of the media and staff have arrived. And it’s not…

New at the Vancouver Art Gallery

  The most valuable purchase I have made since moving to Vancouver was to buy memberships to the Vancouver Art Gallery for myself and my son. When I brought the memberships home and showed them to my son he was interested. When I told him that the membership came with two extra passes and if…

Picasso at the Vancouver Art Gallery – What Is Great Art?

“The question my date asked was: ‘What makes a great artist?’” The question my date asked was: “What makes a great artist?” I was a little stumped. Four years studying art history hadn’t really prepared me to answer that question. I tried, with the typical caveats: “it depends who you ask”, “men were usually the…

A Steady Arm at the Yaletown Roundhouse

Yaletown Roundhouse – It was just a skytrain station stop up until the night I went to the Capture Photography opening at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre. Construction of the original building took place in 1888. In 1980 plans to demolish it were waylaid by passionate train buffs and other supportive Vancouverites and the…

MashUp With the Whipper Snapper

The complimentary tickets to the Vancouver Art Gallery have been sitting in a cup on my desk for months now. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to go; it’s finding the time. It couldn’t be just anyone I went with, it had to be my son. That was the intent behind the gift. My coworker’s…

Blue Refuge: Joyce Ozier Dives Deep

I met Joyce for the first time when I came to the Fazakas Gallery for the opening of the Beau Dick show in October. She struck up a conversation and, being new to the city I was thankful for a friendly face; even if it was one I didn’t know yet. I immediately felt comfortable…

Interpretive Search for a Guinness at the VAG

Finding a date to an event in the city is as hard as … well, it’s as hard as finding an alcoholic drink at the Vancouver Art Gallery. And I should know; I spent the better part of a week on Tinder and the better part of an evening at the VAG discovering just that….

Small Town Carver in the Big City

It seems like just months ago that I first met Rod Brown, but in truth it has been years. It was the first art show I was curating solo and it was his first attempt at carving salmon. Spirit of the River was a fundraiser for the organization Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition and was designed to celebrate the…