Expressive lines– When art meets words

Words. They are written, typed, posted, or printed, read, and given more and more attention. However, people look at their meaning, rather than the words themselves, read them without really seeing them. Reading Art, an exhibition at the Burnaby Art Gallery organized by the city of Burnaby and curated by Ellen van Eijnsbergen and Jennifer…

Carving cities out of dreams

The Eastside Culture Crawl (ECC) is back with extended dates: Nov. 2–9, 12–15 and 19–22. A virtual crawl is also available for the 2020 edition to make art viewing safer for Vancouverites. Among the many artists and artisans taking part in this colourful cultural festival, one perfectly represents the soul of the ECC. Sorour Abdollahi…

Wire for flair: Korean historical fashion sculptures

Elegant and intricate fashion wire sculptures inspired by the aesthetic styles from Korea’s Joseon Dynasty are currently on display at the Museum of Anthropology (MOA). The newly acquired works, Blue JangOt (2015) and Dream in Green JoGoRe (2013) are made by Key-Sook Geum, a well-established Korean artist and scholar with an extensive body of work.…

A bit of buffoonery

Author and playwright Anosh Irani will be debuting his new play, Buffoon, at the Granville Island Stage. Viewers can transport themselves into the bigtop and delve into the inner world of the complex and boisterous circus performer. Buffoon will run from Oct. 22–Dec. 6. Buffoon may be Irani’s first one-man show, but he is far from a novice of…

Preserving Chinese immigrant memories with art

Most Canadians are somewhat familiar with the history and the plight of the Indigenous people, however, few knew of the struggles of other ethnic groups who had to overcome significant obstacles in a hostile environment in order to make this land their home. An upcoming exhibition Cheap! Diligent! Faithful! at grunt gallery from Sept. 25–Dec. 12 hopes…

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…