Three Kinds of Abstraction at Access Gallery

Three Kinds of Abstraction at Access Gallery

April Thompson, after an internship at the Frick Collection in New York and an undergrad in Australia, booked a vacation to Vancouver. “I got here and thought, this place is just like a Jeff Wall photograph.” After years of curiosity, she knew it was time to stay. Thompson cancelled her return ticket and sunk her teeth into the Critical and Curatorial Studies Master’s program at UBC, soon coming to the realization that the Vancouver School is not what it at first had seemed. 

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Laura Piasta and #VMF at Burrard Arts Foundation

Laura Piasta and #VMF at Burrard Arts Foundation

On July 14th, Burrard Arts Foundation opened two new exhibitions, one featuring their spring artist in residence, Laura Piasta, and another housing the in-gallery component of the inaugural Vancouver Mural Festival. Piasta’s show, A Definite Volume But No Fixed State, is expertly curated within the gallery and give a the impression of an alien interior design. The ink works are mounted like paintings and layered with iridescent shimmer. The murals in miniature provide a snapshot of the styles of working Vancouver artists and represent a kind of contemporary Vancouver School of art. 

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Review: Lyle Chan's String Quartet at QAF

Review: Lyle Chan's String Quartet at QAF

"But underneath the larger story is a cast of humans who become as enduring, emotional, and intimate to the audience as beloved characters in a novel. We learn about two gay twin brothers who lost the support of their parents, who in song form become two violins in empath-esq conversation. We learn about Chan’s support of a close friend’s suicide, which in song becomes a long drawn out note that ends, followed by the sound of a ambulance."

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Disposable Camera Series III: Europe by Ora Cogan

Disposable Camera Series III: Europe by Ora Cogan

Way back when, for our Mad Mad World issue (no. 12), we sent some disposable cameras with a few friends and local musicians while they traveled the world. You may have spotted a few snaps in the Movement issue, and starting now you'll be able to find the rest here, in the Disposable Camera Series.

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Interview: Curtis LeBlanc and Kate Fry of UBC's New Shoots

Interview: Curtis LeBlanc and Kate Fry of UBC's New Shoots

For the past 30 years, UBC has partnered with the Vancouver School Board in growing the New Shoots program. Each year, Masters of Fine Arts students in the Creative Writing Program at UBC become mentors to Vancouver School Board students and teach the craft of creative writing both in the classroom and after-school clubs. These wonderful pieces are then published in an annual anthology.

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Music/Art Waste: Red Gate Arts Society

Music/Art Waste: Red Gate Arts Society

First held in 1994, the Music, and Art Waste festival purports itself as a multi-venue, affordable and accessible stage for variations of different artistic mediums and expressions. Originally borne out of retaliation against the heavily commercialized and corporate-backed New Music West festival, Music and Art Waste provided a safe, non-profit, alternative space for music and art lovers of Vancouver. Predominantly volunteer run, this amalgamation of music, visual art, comedy, and local culture quickly expanded into an integral part of the Vancouver subculture scene. Twenty-two years later, Music and Art Waste has proved itself here to stay.

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Music/Art Waste Review: Opening Night at Fortune Sound Club

Music/Art Waste Review: Opening Night at Fortune Sound Club

Music/Art Waste has come and gone, leaving Vancouver sweaty and ready for next year's festival. Entirely volunteer run, the festival returns annually and repeatedly outdoes itself, no doubt with thanks to the incredible minds at the helm, but also Vancouver's vibrant and growing art and music scenes.

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Review: Agnès Varda at the Cinematheque

Review: Agnès Varda at the Cinematheque

Film writer Sarah Bakke takes to the Cinematheque and delights in six films by French director Agnès Varda, each more assured than the last. "I have since changed my take on what it means to be a woman inspired by art and beauty," says Bakke, "and I don’t think I’ll stick to the meandering nymphet as created by men in film." We're lookin' at you, Godard. 

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Interview: Patrick Kyle

Patrick Kyle's most recent graphic Don’t Come in Here captures all of the strange, disorienting, and sometimes hallucinogenic realities of apartment living—realities we in Vancouver have come to know and love (or at least tolerate). We called up the artist to ask him all about Don’t Come in Here, old school printing techniques, and his upcoming event at Vancouver’s own Lucky’s Comics on May 19, 2016.

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Review: SuicideGirls Blackheart Burlesque at the Vogue Theatre

Review: SuicideGirls Blackheart Burlesque at the Vogue Theatre

What disappointed me most is that the show didn’t live up to its promises of being alternative or subversive. I appreciated the diversity of body types and skin colour but aside from that the show lacked anything radical. Much of what took place happened in the name of subverting the status quo for laughs. 

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Meet Your Maker: Lia Padgett and Thirsty Whale Elixirs

Meet Your Maker: Lia Padgett and Thirsty Whale Elixirs

Make It is a non-traditional craft market devoted to fostering creativity, connection, and conscious shopping. In this three-part interview series, we asked Make It vendors about creativity, inspiration, and all things maker. This week, we talked to Lia Padgett, owner of the deliciously natural Thirsty Whale Elixirs. 

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