SAD Mag is an independent Vancouver publication featuring stories, art, and design. Founded in 2009, we publish contemporary and emerging artists AND WRITERS with a focus on inclusivity of voices and views.
For the longest I can remember, I’ve had enthusiasm for things. My college boyfriend was overwhelmed by my trinkets, and loved reminding me that I had too much shit. Perhaps it was, when on vacation, my asking him “how many rocks do you think will fit in my carry-on?” that did him in.
This list of film suggestions finds us already in the midst of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. Now is as good a time as ever to acquaint yourself with the fest’s excellent programming and artists! If you’re feeling lost and unsure of where to start, look no further; we’ve compiled a list of choices to point you in the right direction.
Once the dog stops howling I notice the ants. They’re climbing up my legs, across my stomach and into the styrofoam container holding my burrito. I would later inadvertently transport at least a dozen of the busy creatures into my apartment. But in that moment, reclining on a hill of brown, scratchy grass, the sun trust-falling slowly backwards into the arms of the far side of earth as Aaron Read and I pour various hot sauces onto our dinners—I don’t mind.
you didn’t yell that time, and they took it better. You get tense when you have to pay bills. I get tense when I haven’t had my coffee. Reaching up, I slide the tacky 1970s amber glass open to reveal the shelves above your kitchen counter. They are empty except for a bag of salt and a plastic container of honey that has more stuck on the outside than what’s left inside.
Julia Feyrer’s exhibition Background Actors at Catriona Jeffries Gallery explores the theme of human consciousness. Her work weaves our five senses and asks us to consider alternate modes of perception. In Background Actors, there is more than meets the eye,as the viewer is challenged to consider what lies beyond. The viewer is offered an opportunity to become a participant, and in turn, becomes a background actor themselves.
SAD Mag is looking for pitches and submissions (from 400 to 1,000 words) for our next issue. This time, the theme is GREEN, and we are asking for writing (poetry and prose) that engages with this theme in an unexpected way.
Helen Wong speaks with textile artist Julia Mior about how she came to rug-making, as well as her work's influences and intentions. We love her work, and it's a treat to get a peek behind the curtain! Enjoy!
The new kids at SAD Mag are stoked to present their trashiest issue yet at WASTELAND! Join us for bands, beers, stick n pokes, and the unveiling of the TRASH issue. Featuring the musical genius of Kim Gray and Garbage Dreams, local Vancouver bands that will make you want to crush a PBR on your forehead.
“The importance of providing a dedicated space for queer art is manifold and has always been the centre of the [Queer Arts Festival] vision. As [QAF Artistic Director SD] Holman shares, ‘We believe that art changes people and people change the world. Art is really the first step to revolution.’”