17.02.09 by Jeff

Chris Johanson

Colourful characters by Chris Johanson (site seems to be down).

chris johanson painter drawing painting illustration

chris johanson painter drawing painting illustration

chris johanson painter drawing painting illustration

chris johanson painter drawing painting illustration

chris johanson painter drawing painting illustration

chris johanson painter drawing painting illustration

Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • nikky

    remember this guys stuff from an old issue of ANP quarterly. Love it!

    • if all things were realistically drawn, the illustration/graphics/everything world would be extremely restricted, and a lot more boring.

      • this isn’t a comment directly linked to yours NIKKY i just can’t find the normal comment thing and i wan’t to join in haha

  • Cutovoi

    This is just someone who can´t draw well. Bad reference, though.

  • no.


    I can´t fix why the art became this kind of thing. Anyone who can hold a brush or a pencil and do poor aesthetic images like these, are instantly considered an artist. Blame on Duchamp and Warhol, who´d stop to contribute aesthetically to the art, raising empty questions about its relevance, starting the stupid “conceptual art”. Also blame the art market, wich is guided by people who isn´t committed to it, seeing on art just another good way to make money. “Ineptitude has today, it seems, acquired full rights of citizenship in the realm of art.” – Pietro Annigoni


  • Is Cutovoi an artist? Just curious. Just an internet commentator? My opinion……Anyone who spends their time doing what they love and getting paid and or recognition, no matter what situation may be….derserves it. Too much hating.

  • nikky

    some people like it, some don’t.

    I wouldn’t call it poor…
    Art with this kind of aesthetic makes you feel a different way and conveys a different message than if it were perfectly executed.

  • i kind of agree with Nikky except for that last part – to me there is no right way or wrong way of making art so these are perfectly executed. if they were intended to solve a design problem that’s different

  • Cutovoi

    Longoland, i´m not an artist. I´m trying to be an illustrator. Anyway, I think this kind of art doesn´t contribute aesthetically to develop the graphic world. Lots of “artists” had used children trace like these on their works, but for what? In the most of cases, to “cause” some noise on the media, using some weird “concept” to justificate the bad quality of the work. It´s different from what impressionists, futurists, dadaist, cubists, who´d let the art to a new stage. In your line of though, Longoland, wich people who get paid for what they love, a 2 years old girl in Australia had their work shown on a big museum, because it´s curator don´t know the age of the chldren when her mother presented the works. What happens today is that some of us let away the graphic sense, to accept anything that is produced. Sad.


  • Why dont you post a link to your work cutovoi.

    I am going to assume, forgive me if I am wrong, but it sounds like you are still in school and have decided what art is, what illustration is and what they are not.

    I am not saying everything produced is good art, but sometimes I find students (I teach at Pratt Institute) get all worked up about what art/illustration/ design and what it should and shouldnt be. How about this…..why dont you do a drawing influenced by this artist and see how hard or easy it is to achieve these results……and post your own work and let the comments flow.

  • i love this work. got me in the first one, some kind of bizarre family tree, whats amazing cause every family is a little bizarre.
    people don’t understand that art isn’t full of rules. I really would like to see Cutovoi work.

  • Laurie

    Hello everyone!

    Cutovoi just want to be honest in your opinion about this work.
    If there’s freedom of expression, must also have freedom of opinion …

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  • I saw this guy was a featured artist, and the illustrations caught my eye. I really like the style and I feel there is some message behind. that’s a really big part of “art” = communicating, and i also think i’m “getting” the message, cause i’m interested in the illustrations.
    you need courage to be artistic, to try to say something. but in the other hand you don’t need that much courage to be opinionated about someone else work . sorry for my bad english, i’m latin.

  • amazing style.

  • megan marie

    “What happens today is that some of us let away the graphic sense…”
    i dont even understand why graphic design and fine arts are being discussed in the same sentence. sure they can influence eachother, but never have they been the same thing. im currently in art school right now and never have i heard someone be told to think more graphically in a critique. in fact, it’s been quite the opposite.

  • I like this art because to me it is visually appealing. It has character, and has definitely generated a response. To me it seems much more advanced than somebody who just uses a simpler style to illustrate. The way he uses color as a whole in his work, and the way he chooses to balance everything together seems more interesting than just some bad illustrator.

  • laurie

    Indeed, his work has such nice colors. Only the colors.

  • elgrecodetolede

    Très bon travail. Simple et fort et belle couleur. La liberté de basquiat avec moi de remplissage. J’aimerais avoir cette force…

  • Haters to the left…

    Anyone that can actually give a precise definition of ART and therefore judge other people isn’t actually an artist- It is just a person who think he understands the visual expresion and want to prove it somehow or is some kind of failure that needs to criticize anything to feel better.

    My opinion; the mixture of colors is great! =D

  • Cressida

    I’m fresh out of art school, and I can’t tell you what a huge impact CJ has had on my generation of illustrators. In a strange way I can understand why you wouldn’t like these kind of drawings, they’re crude and imperfect. But for me it’s those exact components that make the pictures so exciting for me, it brings the characters to life. I relate to these drawn people more than I relate to more realistically drawn figures.

23.05.17 by Jeff

Kutcorners for OURO Collective

OURO Collective – photo by Teppei Tanabe


This week Vancouver-based dance collective OURO is debuting their first full-length show “Tangent” at the Orpheum’s Annex theatre (May 25th/26th), and we are proud to be a media partner for the event. If you’re looking for some creative inspiration come check this out, we’ll be at both shows! Tickets are going quick, so if you’re interested get tickets HERE!

Yesterday we shared a clip of OURO’s rehearsal footage (watch here) and today we have an interview with Kutcorners, who created three original tracks for “Tangent”. The New Zealand-born, Vancouver-based producer is one half of LIVE EVIL, the guys that made all those amazing live mixes we featured over the years (watch one here). You can stream or download the music Kutcorners created for OURO on Spotify, iTunes, and Bandcamp.


Vancouver producer, Kutcorners – photo by Hana Pesut


Jeff Hamada: How would you describe the music you make?

Kutcorners: This is always a hard question, because I actually like to make many different types of music. But ultimately things under “Kutcorners” usually are a derivative of R&B music, old or new, with a twist.

I sometimes say I make “pop” music, but my music isn’t really that popular in the traditional sense. More like “pop art” really.

Jeff Hamada: I like the idea that it’s pop art. Who are some of the artists influencing you right now?

Kutcorners: Mura Masa, Toro Y Moi or Les Sins, Caribou, Dj Dahi, Knxwledge, Pomo, Kaytranada, U-Tern (Oliver), Nosaj Thing, Prince and MJ will inspire me forever.


If you don’t have Spotify you can listen to the tracks here.


Jeff Hamada: Had you ever collaborated with dancers prior to this project with OURO?

Kutcorners: No, this is the first time and I hope to do more of it.

Jeff Hamada: That would be cool to see an on-going thing. How would you describe the work that they’re creating?

Kutcorners: I would describe it as a melange of disciplines coming together to form a modern take on traditional dance performance. It’s very refreshing and inspiring work.

Jeff Hamada: Can you talk a little bit about the experience of watching their rehearsals and then turning that into sounds?

Kutcorners: Well, we talked a lot about sounds they like when they rehearse, which gave me inspiration to draw from idea I had started already, and also on some new arrangements.

Getting people to describe sounds they like can be quite hard, because people hear sounds and articulate them differently from person to person. It’s fun to hear how we all describe the sounds we like and how they affect movement.



Jeff Hamada: Did this experience offer any sort of new perspective on your work?

Kutcorners: Yeah, it showed me that I make movements in music too quick! It’s more effective to use little sounds and build things slowly rather than to cram everything in to a 3-minute song.

Dance is very much related to how music works and why it’s made. In retrospect, I would have benefitted from dancing more in my life. It really helps connect you to the physical side of music, which is so important when creating it.

Jeff Hamada: What things are you working on now?

Kutcorners: I’m working on making more original music for my own releases, which I plan to put out on record and online. Working with singers too, to help bring these instrumentals to life.


Kutcorners on Bandcamp

Kutcorners on Soundcloud

Kutcorners on Instagram

OURO Collective Website

OURO Collective on Instagram

23.05.17 by Staff

Los Angeles Warehouse Transformed into a 150,000 Square Foot Art Exhibition

British artist Simon Birch and a team of 20 collaborators have constructed an elaborate series of interconnected installations in a vacant warehouse on the outskirts of downtown Los Angeles. Covering 3 acres of space with a mix of sculpture, video, paintings and performance pieces, the exhibition is a direct response to the current political climate. A celebration of creativity, diversity and unity, Birch explains: “Given the current fragile state of the world, we need unity more than ever… and we need action.”

While encouraging positivity, possibility and a safe space for people to come together, The 14th Factory is exactly that — a call to action that doesn’t shy away from provoking a response (or at least an Instagram photo). One installation is an exact replica of the iconic room from 2001: A Space Odyssey, while another is filled with 300 pitchforks hanging from the ceiling above the guests!

Check out more images from the project below or on display at 440 N. Ave 19 Los Angeles, California until May 31.

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22.05.17 by Jeff

Booooooom TV Guide

Lots of new videos to check out on our video platform, Booooooom TV, and be sure to check out all our director interviews in the feature section. Here’s a few to check out this week:


1 – Watch: “Coeur Croisé” – The art direction in this is A+.

2 – Watch: “Disillusionment of 10 Point Font” – One of our favs this year!

3 – Watch: “Orion” – not exactly sure how they created this effect.

4 – Watch: “Hills Beyond a River” – a mesmerizing journey through a city.

5 – Watch: “A Continuous Shape” – lovely portrait of a stone carver.



22.05.17 by Jeff

Artist Spotlight: Justin Bauer

A selection of artwork and images by Los Angeles-based Justin Bauer. More work below.

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22.05.17 by Jeff

Vancouver-Based OURO Collective Present “Tangent”

Last week we shot some rehearsal footage of our friends, Vancouver-based dance collective OURO, as they prepared for their first full-length show, “Tangent”. The group has spent the past year exploring movements from each member’s diverse dance background to create a story. Their unique voice is a combination of street and contemporary dance twisted into a language all its own.

For this show they’ve also collaborated with Vancouver artist Kutcorners to create original music inspired by their movements. You can listen to Tangent HERE or on iTunes and it’ll be released on Spotify shortly!

We are proud to be a media partner for OURO’s two performances this week at Orpheum’s Annex theatre (May 25th/26th). If you live in Vancouver come check it out! Their work is fun, accessible and inspiring, regardless of your knowledge of dance. There are only two performances and tickets are going fast (previous shows on Granville Island sold out completely).

Tickets: Get your tickets HERE.


OURO Collective Website

OURO Collective on Instagram