Archive for September, 2013

September 19, 2013

Samhain Shrine

I’m part of a team making a Shrine for Samhain/Hallowe’en when the veil between living and dead is thin.

We want people to bring photos (actually photocopies of photos) of friends and family who have died that we’ll attach to a standing structure.

One person has offered to make block prints of bright stars on dark fabric.

As a big fan of the celebrations at Mountainview Cemetery, I’d like to help design the structure and how to invite creative participation.

I’m inspired by Marina Szijarto’s community shrine that I believe she paints every year so the names are layered year after year after year.

Pondering whether we could do photocopy transfer or it’s too complicated and time consuming.

Or perhaps copy the images onto transparency film and glue onto a backing.

I will test out some ideas and bring to share with others and see how we might combine all of the ideas – or at least most of them!

We have yet to decide on the exact location at the Unitarian Church at 49th and Oak – My personal preference is the outdoor memorial garden area, but I recognize the challenges of outdoor locations in wet Vancouver.

Some links for tips on photocopy images:

laser jet vs inkjet and Citra Solv as a tool

About shrines

Examples of shrines

http://sabrinamari.dreamwidth.org/299872.html

pumpkins etc. on deck

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September 18, 2013

Curating Community

I’m on a panel tonight called “Curating Community at Britannia Centre.  Looking forward to hearing the other 3 panelists – proud to be included with them – and the dialogue.

See here for details. Free – just show up. Maybe join me for a beer afterwards!

http://www.britanniacentre.org/facilities/community_centre/britannia_art_gallery/articles198.php

Britannia Art Gallery presents
Curating Community
A panel discussion on the differences and similarities between artist-run centres, arts councils, artist
collectives & community public galleries.
Wednesday, September 18th, 7 – 9 pm
In the Family Canuck Place building/Britannia Community Centre, on the north side of Grandview park
Panelists: Hank Bull, Mary Bennett, Sylvia Oates and Famous Empty Sky
Hank Bull is recognized as a pioneer of new forms of art and community engagement. As a curator,
administrator and arts advocate at the Western Front, he helped to establish a network of artist-run
centres across Canada. In 1999, he co-founded Centre A, the Vancouver International Centre for
Contemporary Asian Art. His personal art practice takes place at the intersection of painting, video,
performance and sound. His work is present in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada,
the New York Museum of Modern Art and other institutions.
Mary Bennett has been engaged in the art of creating community since an early age. She is the lead
artist on two community-engaged projects: RoundAbout Kits and Bird on the Beach and regularly
leads Kitsilano Bee-Line Walks that combine art, community and environment. From 2008-2013,
Mary worked for the Community Arts Council of Vancouver as it was rebuilding with a focus on
community-engaged arts and environmental arts.
Sylvia Oates moved to the Drive in the early nineties. In 1993, when the Gallery Project now the
Britannia Art Gallery,was created by the Britannia Community Centre, in partnership with the Library,
Sylvia was its first curator and for the next ten years firmly established the gallery as part of the library.
By the time she stepped down in 2003, over 200 artists who either lived or worked locally had shown
their work to their neighbours.
Famous Empty Sky is a long time member of Avenue for/des Arts/AVA, a community based artist
collective located in east Vancouver. Through AVA, she got involved in numerous art shows and
community projects. Famous Empty Sky was the Gallery Director during AVA’s two year residency
at the Cultch. In 1998 she was AVA’s facilitator for a series of public workshops whose results became
a mural called “The Party of the Century” and in 2013 she curated an exhibition as part of AVA’s
interdisciplinary project, “Clockwork Universe: A Steam Punk Art Happening” at the Havana Gallery.
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Curator: Haruko Okano 604.874.5916 harokano@telus.net
Hank Bull hank@hankbull.ca hank.bull@gmail.com
Sylvia Oates 604.254.8305 Cell: 240-0419 sylvia_oates@yahoo.ca
Mary Bennett 604.617.0142 maryinvancouver@gmail.com
Famous Empty Sky 604.253.0164 famousemptysky@shaw.ca
1661 Napier St., Vancouver, BC

September 11, 2013

Fringe Wed – add 2 more shows to my belt

Arnie the Carnie was ok, but not my thing really. Since he starts off saying he lies even as I got interested in the history of mind-reading and magic acts, I had to remind myself: He lies!

It was kind of fun really. But won’t be on my personal top picks list.

The Troll and 3 Lesbians Gruff (although there’s more than a dozen lesbians, usually sweet; on occasion gruff) was fun – and a very nice moral to the story as well. Well played under the Alder Bay Bridge, two boats, 4 horses. I’d got to touch the troll’s  cape earlier and loved the fairly simple but very effective costumes and props.

Sold out at the Puck and Pickle, so we went to the bar and drank beer and talked. That was good too.

September 10, 2013

Fringe 13 and 14: On Granville Island for a Literary evening

The two shows I caught tonight were both inspired by the written word. I nearly said by books, but Flashes is actually based on a short story by sci-fi writer Robert J. Sawyer.  I’m a Sawyer fan and the premise of the story (which I hadn’t read) is interesting. It felt weak though in its execution.

Then for Promise and Promiscuity – which was a fun ending to the evening – and extremely well executed. 

Tomorrow – Arnie the Carnie (I loved Felony last year) and then In the Boudoir.  See you around the Fringe.

September 10, 2013

Fringe 13 and 14: On Granville Island for a Literary evening

The two shows I caught tonight were both inspired by the written word. I nearly said by books, but Flashes is actually based on a short story by sci-fi writer Robert J. Sawyer.  I’m a Sawyer fan and the premise of the story (which I hadn’t read) is interesting. It felt weak though in its execution.

Then for Promise and Promiscuity – which was a fun ending to the evening – and extremely well executed. 

Tomorrow – Arnie the Carnie (I loved Felony last year) and then In the Boudoir.  See you around the Fringe.

September 10, 2013

Fringe 9, 10, 11 and 12 – Great shows at Cultch and Granville Island too

Started the evening with 6 Guitars (which is actually one guitar and one guy) – which lived up to its rave reviews.

The Watering Hole by49th Parallel Dance was excellent, marred a bit by the fact I was sitting right in front of the photographer with a huge camera which clicked each time he took a shot. Which he did frequently – probably 100 during the show. (I did mention it at the end. He looked a little sheepish.)

Bursting Into Flames by Martin Dockery – my first Dockery show. I can see why people rave, although I have to say it wasn’t my favorite of its genre.

The Adversary I loved.  Made that much more meaningful because of Downtown Eastside resonance from when I worked there in my previous job.  Complexities.

Then as a bonus at the bus stop I met Arthur MacKinnon, who hopes to take his play on the Fringe circuit next year. I got a Jimmy Stewart impersonation for my final performance for the evening.

September 9, 2013

Fringe 5, 6, 7 and 8 – a day in East Van

Searching for Dick – I love Tara Travis. An interesting personal story with her great acting and facial expressions.

Claret and Amber -I was a little bored. Felt there was a lot more they could have done with it. The Emily Carr character seemed a pale representation of what I understand Carr was in real life – although bits of that temperament came through now and again, such as the piece around “Laughing Grey Owl”.

Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter – yup. I agree with everyone whos giving this rave reviews.

And what can we say about Kitt and Jane? Little Orange Man was my favorite two years ago and this is just as quirky and thought provoking.  Only 2 more shows tonight, Monday and tomorrow, Tuesday. You should probably get there, or at least google SNAFU and sign up to see when this Victoria company is performing in Vancouver in the future.

September 8, 2013

Fringe 3 and 4 – Bad Connections? and Big Heart

Both Big Heart and Bad Connections? were excellent. Both one person (male in this case) shows with animated, expressive and impressive performances.

Humour in amongst the observations of human foibles and falacies.

Both were close to being sold out, so it’s worth it to get your tickets in advance. Or if you don’t want to pay the booking fee, get there early (tickets go on sale 45 minutes before show) and go to Edible Canada for the $12 appy and drink special.  Yum.

 

September 7, 2013

Fringe 1, 2

Went to You Killed Hamlet with Naked Empire Buffoons. Didn’t get it. If my friend and I had thought to have a sign that we were ready to leave,I might have been among the 10 walkouts from Performance Works. Got great reviews and Best of Fringe San Francisco – but be sure you know what you’re getting into. Love Pomo fractured theatre?  This could be your best bet.

Hitler’s Lil Abomination – Liked this a lot. Saw a review that basically said it could be a little tighter, but I never got out my phone to check how much longer it was going to go on (as I did at previous one).

By coincidence: both San Fran performers who work/play at same venue in winter months.

 

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