A ninja with a cause

“I think by doing this kind of work I’m helping everyone a bit and helping make the world a better place,” says Laura Rivera, the creator of Ninja X, a self-published children’s graphic novel that teaches kids valuable life lessons with a bit of humour, fun and adventure. Rivera will debut the second instalment of Ninja X during…

Third Realm – an otherworldly Asian art experience

An exciting collection of contemporary artworks by sixteen East and Southeast Asian artists will be on exhibit at North Vancouver’s Polygon Gallery from Sept. 4–Nov. 8. Aptly named The Third Realm, the exhibition’s namesake is a Buddhist concept as well as a description of an otherworldly and in-between space, according to project curator Davide Quadrio. The…

Three local artists exhibit their latest creations

Prepare to be visually enthralled as the Burrard Arts Foundation (BAF), a visual arts nonprofit gallery, presents an exhibit of paintings (Aug. 29–Oct. 10) from three Vancouver artists participating in the BAF’S Residency Program and the BAF’s Garage: abstract painter Russna Kaur, realist portraitist Cara Guri and Olivia di Liberto. During the time of COVID-19,…

Grass Drama Entering expanded states of consciousness

Vancouver-based visual artist Julian Yi-Jong Hou’s first solo exhibition, a multi-sensorial experience bridging Pagan traditions from Europe and Zen Buddhist practices, is featured at the Contemporary Art Gallery of Vancouver until January 2021. With every rush of wind every cell returns to Home-e-o-stasis & from the ground we pick up a piece every piece we pick up is put back Julian Yi-Jong…

Art for change

Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience is Kent Monkman’s solo exhibition at the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA) that highlights the Indigenous perspective on Canada’s founding history. It contains roughly 80 works and provides both a searing critique of Canada’s colonial policies over the past 150 years and a way to create…

A golden voice – one man’s legacy

The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art reopens July 16, and the exhibition To Speak with a Golden Voice kicks off celebrating the centennial birthday of Bill Reid (1920–1998). “Here at the Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver, we wanted to show some of the classics but particularly some of those pieces that haven’t seen…

Dragon Hoops: A graphic novel about life, family and high school

In need of comic relief? Just in time for the summer, Gene Luen Yang has recently released his first non-fiction graphic novel, Dragon Hoops. This past March, Yang, whose workshop at the Vancouver Public Library (VPL) was cancelled due to the pandemic, had a virtual book launch where he discussed Dragon Hoops and answered questions from fans. Interested…

Finding beauty in fire

“We wanted to create a forum and a space to tell the stories of individual people, their communities and their interaction with wildfire,” says Sharon Roberts, project manager, educator and writer. For the past two years, Roberts and Megan Majewski have been researching and learning about wildfires and their impact on forests. “It’s really easy…

The art in our surroundings

In the stage-like display window above the entrance of Vancouver’s Howe Street Studios in Vancouver unfolds a set of theatrical curtains made from everyday materials: one of the many works of public artist Germaine Koh. “The nature of the piece arose from my longstanding interest in trying to pay attention to the unnoticed activities and…

A closer look at emotions

The world is as soft as a volcano: a moving composition is one of the two recently opened exhibitions at Chinatown’s Centre A. A collection of works by local artist Lam Wong, the pieces on display are varied yet connected, abstract yet highly personal. The exhibition runs until Mar. 14. Personal abstraction While there are…

Labour’s Trace: a history of cultural identities

Labour’s Trace, a two-person exhibition with artists Karin Jones and Amy Malbeuf showcasing pieces that reflect ideas connected to labour, livelihood and histories of colonization, will run from Feb. 15–Apr. 11 at the Richmond Art Gallery (RAG). The exhibition is based on the idea that notions of labour thread through works grounded in concepts of livelihood.…

A story told in images and a few words

The Surrey Art Gallery Association will host their first Thursday Artist Talk of 2020, on Jan. 9, a monthly series that provides a platform for different artists to share their work and their experiences with the local public. This month’s event will be led by New Westminster-based graphic novelist PJ Patten, whose upcoming book Tower25…

The Power of Tibetan words: golden letters arrayed like stars and planets

“I love the earthiness of Tibetan culture and think this is something often lost in translation in the West. This reverence for text and words manifests in very concrete, tangible ways,” says curator Patrick Dowd. The exhibition is ongoing until Feb. 20, 2020 in the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC. The power of…